It is important to give
treatment time to work. It may take from a couple of weeks to several months to
get good results.
If other treatments don't help, your doctor may
give you shots of steroid medicine in the shoulder. The shots probably don't
cure rotator cuff disorders. But they can help relieve pain and inflammation so
you are able to do exercises to strengthen the shoulder. The shots may also
help your doctor find out if your shoulder pain is from your rotator cuff. If a
steroid shot near the rotator cuff relieves your pain, even if the pain comes
back later, it means the rotator cuff—not some other shoulder problem—is
causing the pain.
Most rotator cuff disorders aren't treated with
surgery. But doctors may do surgery if a rotator cuff tendon is torn or if
several months of other treatments have not helped.
Surgery may be a good choice if you are young
and your rotator cuff has been in good shape. Surgery may not work as well if
your tendons are weak and frayed.
Surgery is not a substitute for
physical therapy. Even after surgery, you may need months of physical therapy
to have a full recovery.