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Rotator Cuff Tears: Treatments

A rotator cuff tear is a tear of one or more of the tendons of the four rotator cuff muscles. A rotator cuff injury can include any type of irritation or damage to the rotator cuff muscles or tendons.

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About Treatment for Rotator Cuff Tears

There are two types of treatments for your rotator cuff tear. Patients get better with both of these kinds of treatments.

Your doctor or health care provider may advise you to have one or both of these types of treatments for your rotator cuff tear. This advice will depend on the type and size of your injury.

The amount of damage to the tendon of your rotator cuff will help your doctors decide what treatments you may need and how long treatment may take.

Treating your rotator cuff tear without surgery

Rotator cuff tears are treated without surgery in these ways:

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What works? Research summarized

Evidence reviews

Diagnostic tests for assessing rotator cuff tears in people with shoulder pain for whom surgery is being considered

This summary of a Cochrane review presents what we know from research about the accuracy of imaging tests to detect tears of the rotator cuff tendons in the shoulder.

Surgery for rotator cuff disease

may not lead to any difference in pain compared with different exercise programs.

Platelet‐rich therapies for musculoskeletal soft tissue injuries

Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries frequently occur during activities such as sports, and may be due to tissue degeneration. These injuries are more frequent in particular parts of the body, such as the tendons located in the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle.

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Summaries for consumers

Diagnostic tests for assessing rotator cuff tears in people with shoulder pain for whom surgery is being considered

This summary of a Cochrane review presents what we know from research about the accuracy of imaging tests to detect tears of the rotator cuff tendons in the shoulder.

Treatment Options for Rotator Cuff Tears: A Guide for Adults

This guide will tell you about what research has found regarding the different choices for treating your rotator cuff tear. You can use it to help you and your doctor or other health care provider (nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, physical therapist) discuss and decide what treatments are best for you.

Surgery for rotator cuff disease

may not lead to any difference in pain compared with different exercise programs.

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