Treatment of Rotator Cuff Tendon Pain and Tears

Dr. Patrick Chin, MD, MBA, FRCSC, Orthopedic Surgeon, discusses rotator cuff tendon pain and treatment.

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Dr. Patrick Chin, MD, MBA, FRCSC, Orthopedic Surgeon, discusses rotator cuff tendon pain and treatment.
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Featuring Dr. Patrick Chin, MD, MBA, FRCSC, Orthopedic Surgeon

Duration: 1 minute, 8 seconds    

So treatment of rotator cuff injuries or tears of the tendons usually comprises again, non-surgical treatment for pain control.  

You can use anti-inflammatory medications. At times you could even be treated with an injection of steroid. Subsequently starting physiotherapy to at least regain some range of motion of the shoulder and decrease pain.  

And obviously if that fails, then usually a referral to an orthopedic surgeon - a shoulder surgeon would be helpful to be considered for shoulder surgery, to at least have a review of the tear of the possibility of surgical repair of the torn tendons. The torn tendons can be repaired arthroscopically or through an open procedure.  

If you have symptoms of rotator cuff pain you should consult your family physician for at least an assessment and subsequent investigations and treatment.

Presenter: Dr. Patrick Chin, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:


If a patient suffers from rotator cuff tendon pain it is impossible to know whether there is a tear or not.


Some non surgical treatments for rotator cuff pain or tears are anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, and physiotherapy.


Some patients with rotator cuff tears will need to see an orthopedic surgeon for possible surgical repair. 

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