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How long for my shoulder rotator cuff injury to heal?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
8 doctors agree

In brief: Severity dictates

Not all rotator cuff injuries are the same.
Important variables that determine time to healing include: size, location and extent of the cuff injury along with the overall health of the injured patient. History of injury, examination findings, and imaging studies (x-ray & mri) allow your treating physician to make a reasonably accurate estimation regarding time to healing with or without surgery.

In brief: Severity dictates

Not all rotator cuff injuries are the same.
Important variables that determine time to healing include: size, location and extent of the cuff injury along with the overall health of the injured patient. History of injury, examination findings, and imaging studies (x-ray & mri) allow your treating physician to make a reasonably accurate estimation regarding time to healing with or without surgery.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: 2-3 months.

Sometimes it can take that long if it's a strain to the rotator cuff.
If it's a tear, it may not heal and may require surgery.

In brief: 2-3 months.

Sometimes it can take that long if it's a strain to the rotator cuff.
If it's a tear, it may not heal and may require surgery.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Purchase
Dr. Robert Purchase
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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Rotator cuff

Recover from a rotator cuff injury depends on a lot of variables.
Is the injury a compete tear? If yes and surgery is required, recovery can be longer than 6 months. If not a complete tear, recovery may be anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months.

In brief: Rotator cuff

Recover from a rotator cuff injury depends on a lot of variables.
Is the injury a compete tear? If yes and surgery is required, recovery can be longer than 6 months. If not a complete tear, recovery may be anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months.
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
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