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Could physical therapy for a rotator cuff tear work as well as surgery?

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PT helps in lots of ways. One study shows that people who got PT for a rotator cuff tear did just as well as those who had surgery.

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: “Physical Therapy.”

American Academy of Family Physicians, Shoulder Pain: “What causes pain in

my shoulder?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Rotator Cuff Tears.”

American Physical Therapy Association: “Physical Therapist’s Guide to

Rotator Cuff Tear.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Rotator Cuff Tears: Frequently

Asked Questions.”

American Physical Therapy Association: “Physical Therapy a Good First Choice Before Surgery for Rotator Cuff Tears.”

American Physical Therapy Association: “Physical Therapy As Effective As

Surgery for Rotator Cuff Tears.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Rotator Cuff Tendonitis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Rotator cuff injury.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 28, 2017

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: “Physical Therapy.”

American Academy of Family Physicians, Shoulder Pain: “What causes pain in

my shoulder?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Rotator Cuff Tears.”

American Physical Therapy Association: “Physical Therapist’s Guide to

Rotator Cuff Tear.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Rotator Cuff Tears: Frequently

Asked Questions.”

American Physical Therapy Association: “Physical Therapy a Good First Choice Before Surgery for Rotator Cuff Tears.”

American Physical Therapy Association: “Physical Therapy As Effective As

Surgery for Rotator Cuff Tears.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Rotator Cuff Tendonitis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Rotator cuff injury.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 28, 2017

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