How is a torn rotator cuff treated?

Because complete rotator cuff tears cannot heal by themselves, surgery is sometimes required if the pain persists despite therapy. The surgery repairs the torn muscle tendon, and also removes the bone spur which caused the muscle to tear.

The goal of surgical repair is to relieve pain and restore function to your shoulder. You will probably be required to use a sling for at least six weeks after surgery. This is for comfort and to help protect the muscles from unnecessary or damaging movement.

You may not have significant pain relief or an increase in motion for several months following rotator cuff surgery. The healing process, coupled with physical therapy, takes an extended period of time.

Physical therapy is essential to the success of any shoulder operation. Your doctor will prescribe and explain exercises to aid in your recovery.

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