Published on: 12-Oct-2019
A rotator cuff tear is a common injury to the shoulder joint. In fact, there comes a time in most people’s life (if they live long enough) when a rotator cuff tear becomes an expected finding. That doesn’t mean that everyone who lives a long life needs shoulder surgery. It really means that not every rotator cuff tear causes problems that require surgery to address.
There is no question that some rotator cuff tears require invasive treatments. For some people, relief of pain and restoration of function will require something to be done about the damage to the rotator cuff tear. However, not all rotator cuff tears will need surgical treatment.
Determining when a rotator cuff tear will require surgery takes multiple factors into account, including:
Discuss with your doctor the potential risks and benefits of performing surgery in your case. Each patient must be treated individually as not all rotator cuff tears are the same, and different factors must be considered.
So what should you do if you are diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear? First off, don’t panic. While some rotator cuff tears need to be managed in a timely manner, there is essentially no rotator cuff emergency, so learn about your treatment options and what the pros and cons of different treatments might be. Understand that many (in fact, most) rotator cuff tears never need a surgical treatment. While surgery can lead to pain relief and improved function, many people can find these same effects with nonsurgical treatment.
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