Orthopaedics is the branch of medicine that involves the muscles, bones and ligaments of the body. Injuries to the muscles and ligaments around shoulders and knees are common and the body can usually be able to heal itself with some outside help. Sometimes when the body is too injured and conservative care is not able to resolve your injury, an orthopaedic consult would be recommended to determine if your pain or injury is in need of surgical intervention. When a muscle or ligament is torn it can be repaired using minimally invasive technique called arthroscopy, which is performing surgery using a video camera and tools through small openings in the injured area to do the repair. These types of procedures can be done at Ortho Spine and Pain Institute so there is no need to go the hospital.
If you happen to have an arthroscopic procedure performed, most physicians encourage patients to return to physical therapy in 1-2 weeks but sometimes can be up to 6-8 weeks depending on the type of injury and surgical repair that was done. Your orthopaedic surgeon would best be able to determine that after your surgical procedure and follow up visit.