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Rotator Cuff Tear Treatment Overview

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Care Plan


First steps to consider

  • You can often treat a rotator cuff tear at home with rest, ice, and ibuprofen.
  • Gentle stretching and strengthening exercises can help with shoulder mobility.

When you may need a provider

  • Your shoulder pain and weakness get worse.
  • You have numbness or weakness in the arm, hand, or wrist.
  • Your symptoms do not improve after 6–8 weeks of home treatment.

Emergency Care

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Go to the ER if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Severe shoulder pain
  • Sudden inability to move the shoulder or arm with numbness
  • Pain, redness, fever, and severe pain in the shoulder

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