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How do you treat a rotator cuff problem?

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Home care can treat many rotator cuff problems. Your doctor will tell you to rest your shoulder joint and ice the area. Over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen can help ease your pain and swelling while your rotator cuff heals. Physical therapy will help restore your shoulder strength.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons/OrthoInfo: “Rotator Cuff Tears: Surgical Treatment Options,” “Rotator Cuff Tears: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Mayo Clinic: “Rotator Cuff Injury.”

UW Medicine Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: “Arthroscopic shoulder surgery for the treatment of rotator cuff tears.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Rotator Cuff Tears: Surgery and Exercise,” “Arthroscopic Shoulder Decompression.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Rotator Cuff Repair.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 28, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons/OrthoInfo: “Rotator Cuff Tears: Surgical Treatment Options,” “Rotator Cuff Tears: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Mayo Clinic: “Rotator Cuff Injury.”

UW Medicine Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: “Arthroscopic shoulder surgery for the treatment of rotator cuff tears.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Rotator Cuff Tears: Surgery and Exercise,” “Arthroscopic Shoulder Decompression.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Rotator Cuff Repair.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 28, 2017

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