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How are chronic rotator cuff tears treated?

Kristofer J. Jones, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
With chronic tears of the rotator cuff in older people, doctors may try a brief period of activity modification, physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and sometimes an injection into the subacromial space (the space where the rotator cuff lives). Surgery is also an option.

Many people who go to physical therapists for rotator cuff tears feel significantly better, so surgery may not be necessary.

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