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Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears

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Managing Rotator Cuff Tears

Both nonoperative and operative treatments are used in an attempt to relieve pain and restore shoulder movement and function. Most patients usually first undergo 6 to 12 weeks of nonoperative treatment, which may consist of any combination of pain management (medications and injections), rest from activity, passive and active exercise, and treatments with heat, cold, or ultrasound.