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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.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Do rotator cuff injuries ever heal completely?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Rotator cuff healing: Tears of the rotator cuff only truly heal to bone when surgically repaired. Tendon cannot stretch back out and reattach themselves to bone spontaneously. Some partial tears may become asymptommatic with non-op care. However, they do not ever "heal" without surgery.
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.
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my rotator cuff surgery healed well in4-6 weeks
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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.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Do rotator cuff injuries heal naturally?

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Dr. Bruce Prager
Sports Medicine 42 years experience
Rotator Cuff injury: Rotator cuff tears are either partial or full thickness. If the tear is not painful and there is not significant weakness then no surgery needs to be done. Rotator cuff tears do not usually heal naturally. You can get some scarring back down, but that is not predictable. Patients not electing for surgery usually recover with pt, but that is more for partial tears.

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