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Is laser treatment or acupuncture effective in healing a torn rotator cuff?

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Dr. Allen Lu answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

A torn rotator cuff tear does not have any healing potential. Once torn, the ends of the tendon heal over and cannot reconnect. Treatments like laser, acupuncture, physical therapy, and other modalities can only relieve some of the associated pain or change the way the shoulder compensates. Only a rotator cuff repair and restore the actual tendon.

Answered Dec 6, 2012

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Dr. Vivek Agrawal answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

The difficulty is that many patients have asymptomatic rotator cuff tears, meaning no pain so many treatments such as the ones you mentioned and many others are recommended because they may help with pain. Think of the rotator cuff like a taut rubber band that when torn would pull away and shorten...Without surgery to pull it back out to length it can't heal. Learn more here:http://www.Theshould.

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