A rotator cuff tear may cause shoulder pain, tenderness, reduced range of motion and other potentially disabling symptoms. When seeking to resolve their rotator cuff symptoms, many patients wonder: “Is there a treatment for torn rotator cuff without surgery?” Indeed, there are several nonsurgical treatment options which can help alleviate symptoms. Generally speaking, nonsurgical options are usually prescribed first for partial rotator cuff tears, with surgery being a last-resort option in most cases. Full thickness rotator cuff tears in the active patient will usually require surgery to heal the rotator cuff back to bone.
Finding the Right Nonsurgical Treatment for a Rotator Cuff Injury
The right treatment for a rotator cuff tear will vary on a case-by-case basis. When creating a treatment plan, an orthopedic physician will consider several things, including the patient’s age and the severity of their injury. For patients seeking treatment for torn rotator cuff without surgery, here are a few options which may be recommended:
- Rest – While it is uncommon for a rotator cuff tear to heal on its own without treatment, rest can help. Taking time off from activities will prevent the tear and associated symptoms from getting worse.
- Physical Therapy – Performing physical therapy exercises designed to strengthen the rotator cuff can go a long way to improve range of motion and overall shoulder function.
- Medication – Anti-inflammatory medications can help reduce swelling and manage pain caused by a rotator cuff injury.
- Stem Cell Therapy – Stem cell therapy may reduce pain and restore shoulder function for partial rotator cuff tears. It can be a viable choice for active patients who have not had success with the aforementioned treatments but do not wish to undergo surgery.
Generally, patients are advised to try nonsurgical treatment for partial rotator cuff tears as a first-line option. In the event that these therapies fail to offer relief, a patient might consider arthroscopic, open or mini-open surgery (a combination of the other two types).
Dr. Soffer Provides Advanced Treatments for Rotator Cuff Injuries
If you are experiencing persistent shoulder pain, it may be time to visit Dr. Soffer for diagnosis and treatment. With years of experience in treating rotator cuff tears and other orthopedic injuries, Dr. Soffer has all the knowledge and state-of-the-art technology needed to skillfully address your shoulder issue. Should you need surgery, he specializes in arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, a minimally invasive surgical treatment option.
If you’re ready to get relief from your shoulder symptoms, call our office at 610-375-4949 to schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment.