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Do rotator cuff injuries ever heal completely?
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Dr. Paul Grutter
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
A strain of the rotator cuff usually heals in 6-8 weeks.
Rotator cuff tears in general do not heal unless surgically repaired. Surgical treatment is generally done arthroscopically (using a small camera). Most patients (90%) have improvement and are satisfied with surgery. Healing of the tendon after surgical repair is dependent on the size and type of tear as well how old the tear is.

In brief: Yes
A strain of the rotator cuff usually heals in 6-8 weeks.
Rotator cuff tears in general do not heal unless surgically repaired. Surgical treatment is generally done arthroscopically (using a small camera). Most patients (90%) have improvement and are satisfied with surgery. Healing of the tendon after surgical repair is dependent on the size and type of tear as well how old the tear is.
Dr. Paul Grutter
Dr. Paul Grutter
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends.
If its in the muscle or just a strain to the rotator cuff tendon, then it has the potential to heal completely.
Rotator cuff tendons that are torn off the bone, generally do not heal themselves and may require surgery.

In brief: Depends.
If its in the muscle or just a strain to the rotator cuff tendon, then it has the potential to heal completely.
Rotator cuff tendons that are torn off the bone, generally do not heal themselves and may require surgery.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
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