Rotator Cuff Tear Injections: are they right for my shoulder pain?

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Sudden pain and loss of strength in the shoulder are two common indicators for a rotator cuff injury. Along with these symptoms, an unpleasant grinding feeling can also occur due to the inflamed or damaged tendons in the rotator cuff.

When detected early, rotator cuff injuries can be treated with one of the following solutions:

  • Rest
  • Ice or heat compresses
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine
  • Physical therapy

In patients who struggle with rotator cuff injuries for a longer time, Dr. Armin Tehrany recommends cortisol injections. Combined with physical therapy, cortisol injections produce favorable results.

The cortisone’s goal is to reduce the inflammation caused by a rotator cuff tear while reducing pain levels. Reduced pain allows for a more comfortable and successful physical therapy experience. While this step is an effective solution for pain relief, it does not heal the rotator cuff tear.

rotator cuff tear

Depending on the pain intensity and the extent of the injury, rotator cuff repair surgery may be the most effective solution.

Unfortunately, in patients whose non-surgical treatments failed, surgery may cause more harm than good.

Discovered in just 1950 and available as an injectable since 1951, cortisone treat various musculoskeletal conditions. However, some research suggests that multiple pre-surgery cortisone injections can increase the result of a re-tear post-surgery. Therefore, orthopedic surgeons must be cautious and conservative in their treatment recommendations.

If you have been experiencing pain in your shoulder and believe you may have a rotator cuff tear, schedule a consultation with Dr. Armin Tehrany, New York’s top orthopedic surgeon. It’s time to put a stop to your pain and worry!