Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Resources & Support
At UCSF Health, we are renowned for our highly specialized and cutting-edge medical care. Along with innovative medicine, we strive to provide a variety of services to ensure that patients and families are fully supported while in our care. UCSF has a team of experienced social workers and condition-specific support groups as well as classes to help patients and families navigate their experiences while in our clinics and hospitals.
Our support services also include unique programs to help heal the mind and spirit, such as Art for Recovery, Healing Through Dance and complimentary spa treatments during infusion therapy. During an unfamiliar and stressful time, UCSF's support services are ready to lend a hand whenever patients and families need it most.
Frequently Asked Questions
- When can I shower after surgery?
You'll need to keep the incision clean and dry until your first post-op visit, one to two weeks after surgery. At that time, you'll likely be cleared to shower, but don't submerge the surgical site in a bathtub or swimming pool until three to four weeks have passed since your surgery.
- When can I drive after shoulder impingement surgery?
You'll be wearing a sling and unable to drive for one to two weeks. You may resume driving after that, so long as you have appropriate control to do so safely.
- When can I return to my usual activities?
In general, people are able to resume most activities about three months after shoulder impingement surgery.
- When can I return to school or work?
Most people can return to school or desk work about two weeks after surgery. If you have a physically demanding job, you'll need more time for a full recovery and medical clearance before returning.