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What is injected to treat rotator cuff tears?

Cortisone may be injected to treat rotator cuff tears. One or two injections may be used before considering a surgical intervention,  depending on the pathology. Cortisone is meant to either work or not. The purpose of the injection is to help the person complete a physical therapy program, get better, and have it last. But, if the cortisone wears off in three to four weeks and the person is right back in the same pain threshold, even in spite of the conservative measures that have been done, that’s more of a Band-Aid and could be masking something that’s going on.

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