Q:

Can a rotator cuff tear heal without surgery?

A:

Quick Answer

A rotator cuff tear cannot heal without surgery; however, it can be treated nonsurgically to relieve pain and restore strength, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Nonsurgical treatments include anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy and steroid injections.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

Although pain can be managed without surgery, patients unable to function or use the arm for sports or overhead work may need to consider surgery to repair the rotator cuff tear, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The rotator cuff stabilizes the ball of the shoulder joint, helps rotate the arm and enable individuals to lift. Rotator cuff tears are often a result of an injury from a fall or chronic wear and tear due to degeneration of the tendon.

Learn more about Breaks & Sprains

Related Questions

Explore