When will I be able to scratch my right shoulder/back again 🙃

Hey everyone! I just had surgery 1/4/23 but it's KILLING me not being able to do something as simple as itch my right shoulder/right side of my upper back because whenever I try to reach over to the right I feel my pacemaker :( 

my doc didn't put it under the muscle either- which I wish he would have.... but it's a little to late for that.


obvi I understand everyone is different with healing, but I'm just wondering how long it took you to get your full range of motion back 


full range of motion

by Tracey_E - 2023-03-09 17:36:43

You should be able to do that now, just keep the arm down as you reach. Just because you can feel it doesn't mean you will hurt it. By 4-6 weeks, it's ok to bend/reach/stretch any direction. It took me about 3 months to do it without feeling any twinges.

Pro tip, use the corner of a doorway to scratch your back where you can't reach or get a back scratcher. My shoulder doesn't go that way, has nothing to do with the pacer.  ;o) 

Back scratcher

by AgentX86 - 2023-03-09 22:30:29

A hair brush works well too. I have that problem with my right arm (worse since I broke my wrist).  My left has a pretty good range or motion though.  My pacer doesn't interfere at all.

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