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What treatment is needed for a rotator cuff tear?

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The right treatment can make you feel better, keep a small injury from getting worse, and help you heal. For many people, physical therapy (PT) is the answer. It may be all you need to treat an injured rotator cuff.

PT is a way to get back strength and movement after an injury. It includes things like exercise, ice, heat, massage, and equipment to help return your shoulder back to its normal range of motion.

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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