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A 45-year-old member asked:

How long does it take you to recover from rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Luanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
6-12 weeks: Typically, a rotator cuff strain resolves in 6-12 weeks. They are sometimes associated with other injuries that may take longer. Rotator cuff tears do not heal on their own. They may calm down and stop producing pain, but will not heal back to the original position. Healing after a rotator cuff repair takes 12-16 weeks and continues to improve 6 months after surgery.
Dr. Hashim Alani
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
my rotator cuff surgery healed well in4-6 weeks
Aug 20, 2012
Dr. Kevin Shaw
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
Depends on severity : Most rotator cuff strains will heal in 2 weeks. Pain that lasts longer should prompt a visit to your doctor od an orthopedic surgeon. If you have a significant tear, worst case, you could be in for 6 or more months to recover from a repair of the rotator cuff.
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Good Question: We need a better sense of your diagnosis first. Did you have an injury and are having shoulder pain or have you had chronic symptoms? If you have had an injury to the rotator cuff we need to figure out if this is a strain/sprain without tearing, a minor partial tear, a structural partial tear, or a full thickness tear. http://www.theshouldercenter.com/rotator-cuff-tear.htm each has different rx.

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A 35-year-old male asked:

How to recover from a rotator cuff injury?

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Dr. Rohit Keswani
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 25 years experience
Rest and exercise: As long as it is not torn, a cuff sprain/strain resolves with rest for a couple of days with the use of anti inflammatory meds, followed by gradual exercises involving rotation of the shoulder (look up codmans exercises, which are pendulum exercises for the shoulder). Perform slowly, as pain resolves, can add light weights while performing them to strengthen rtc muscles.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long would a rotator cuff injury take to heal?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
6-12 wks if healable: Minor or partial rotator cuff tears are usually allowed to heal via nonoperative means initially. Physical therpay, appropriate rest, then strengthening or titrated to the needs of each patient and their particular cuff tear. I healing does not work by 6-12 weeks, the tear may well need surgical intervention.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How long for my shoulder rotator cuff injury to heal?

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Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Hard to say: I'm sorry, but there is just not enough info to answer this one. Is it a full tear or partial or just tendinitis? Did it develop over time or from one big injury? Have you had surgery? All of these things, as well as patient specific factors, affect healing. The bigger the injury, the longer the healing. A strain can heal quickly (weeks) but a repaired cuff can take 6 months.

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