What to expect when the doctor says I have a rotator cuff tear?

A rotator cuff tear is a common injury that can cause pain and limited mobility in your shoulder. When a doctor tells you that you have a rotator cuff tear, here are some things you can expect:

1. Further evaluation: The doctor will likely recommend further evaluation to determine the extent of the injury. This may involve imaging tests such as an MRI or X-ray.
2. Treatment plan: Once the extent of the injury is known, the doctor will create a treatment plan based on your individual needs. Treatment may involve rest, physical therapy, medication, or surgery.
3. Pain management: Your doctor will likely prescribe pain medication or recommend over-thecounter pain relievers to help manage your pain.
4. Physical therapy: Physical therapy may be recommended to help restore strength and mobility in your shoulder. Your therapist will work with you to create a customized plan based on the severity of your injury.
5. Recovery time: Recovery time can vary depending on the severity of the injury and the treatment plan. It may take several weeks to several months to fully recover from a rotator cuff tear.

It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions and attend all recommended appointments to ensure proper healing and prevent further injury.

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