Rotator Cuff Injuries
The problem is treated based on the level of injury. Options are:
Initial care may be:
- Rest to help the shoulder heal
- Ice to ease pain and swelling
- An arm sling to keep the shoulder in place as it heals
- Medicine to ease pain and swelling
- Medicine injected in the shoulder to help it heal and ease pain and swelling
- Exercises to make the shoulder stronger and help it to move better
Bones, tendons, and muscles may need to be repaired with surgery. It may be done through small incisions using arthroscopy. Fractures that are worse may need to be done through larger incisions that take longer to heal.
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a (Rotator Cuff Tear; Impingement Syndrome)
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