A nearby friend who has been one of my most regular flat-water day trip kayaking companions for several years, had rotator cuff surgery 3 weeks ago. She’s very athletic and is determined to regain as much ability as she can to pursue all of her favorite activities (like hiking, XC skiing and paddling). I know there have been multiple discussions on here about rotator cuff issues but could not find any in the archives that were specific about how long it took before it was safe to paddle after the operation.
I’ve already suggested that once she is cleared by her doc to paddle again that she use one of my Greenland paddles. She had borrowed one briefly on one outing and declared that she did not like it (she tends to want to be aggressive in her paddling and I think she felt that it did not have enough “power”.) But she recently mentioned that her sister in California switched to a GP and really likes it so maybe she is more open to it. I also have pretty lightweight boats and already told her I would insist on doing all the loading and launching until we are sure she is well healed.
For those who have had the surgery: how long before you could safely paddle? And what adjustments did you find you needed to make?