Treatment of rotator cuff
disorders should begin soon after an injury or symptoms develop, to give you
the best chance of restoring flexibility and strength to your shoulder. Without
treatment, inflammation and tears can build up, resulting in pain, decreased tendon strength, and loss of function.
Recovery from a rotator cuff disorder varies with each
individual. Your physical therapy and home exercise program should continue
until your shoulder is as strong and flexible as possible. Some treatments for
rotator cuff disorders can last up to a year. Most people can return to their
previous activities after several weeks of rehabilitation.
professionals have differing opinions about treating rotator cuff tears.
Nonsurgical treatment is preferred by some health professionals to treat people
older than 60. But other health professionals believe the sooner a rotator cuff
tear is surgically repaired, the better the chance of a successful outcome,
regardless of age.