What's the best way to treat a rotator cuff injury?

The best way to treat a rotator cuff injury is usually with anti-inflammatories. Whether it’s an oral anti-inflammatory or a cream anti-inflammatory, those work well. Also, ice may be used to calm down some of the inflammation.

With rotator cuff injuries, more often than not, there has been an attrition of the muscles in the shoulder girdle. The muscles in the back of the shoulder tend to get a little soft. The person may do therapy to get the shoulder strong. If that fails and the person is starting to progress down in a negative spiral, injections or imaging such as MRIs will be considered. The staple is usually an x-ray and some sort of anti-inflammatory medicine and that will treat the majority of the symptoms.

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