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How are rotator cuff injuries treated?

Rest is often the best treatment for a rotator cuff injury. Avoiding triggering factors, performing gentle exercise, and applying either cold or heat packs are enough to calm down many cases. Pain-relief medications can often help treat moderate to severe pain. Occasionally, shoulder injections can be used if symptoms are ongoing. Surgery is generally recommended for full tears, and in certain other situations.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 07 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Frozen shoulder


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