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How do you treat a rotator cuff injury?

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Treatment for a rotator cuff injury: Your doctor may suggest that you rest your shoulder for a few days, then start rotator cuff stretches and exercises so that this area gets stronger and moves well. Don’t lift anything above shoulder level until the injury heals. An anti-inflammatory medication or corticosteroid injection may help bring down swelling and ease pain.

If the pain and weakness don’t improve, you might need physical therapy or surgery.

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Home Edition.

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Mayo Clinic.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 29, 2017

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SOURCES:

Merck Manual Home Edition.

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Mayo Clinic.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 29, 2017

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