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Why do medical professionals claim that rotator cuff muscle injuries never heal?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Needs rx immediately

Without proper treatment, symptoms of a rotator cuff injury or tear can persist for months or years, and they usually become worse over time.
Most rotator cuff injuries respond to treatment within four to six weeks, especially if an injection is part of the treatment.

In brief: Needs rx immediately

Without proper treatment, symptoms of a rotator cuff injury or tear can persist for months or years, and they usually become worse over time.
Most rotator cuff injuries respond to treatment within four to six weeks, especially if an injection is part of the treatment.
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Dr. David Feig
If there is a full thickness tear, there is no way for the 2 ends of the tendon to come back together naturally to heal. If there is a partial tear, "resting" the shoulder will cause the muscle to become weaker and make pain worse. Some injuries heal with rest, this is one that requires some kind of active intervention, whether its therapy or surgery.
Dr. Allen Lu
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Tears don't heal

The reason they tell you this is because an actual "tear" of the rotator cuff tendon cannot heal on its own.
Once torn, the tendon remains torn. However, a rotator cuff injury usually represents an irritation or inflammation that inhibits normal function of the muscles. This can heal and return to normal. Many people feel perfectly fine, even with a persistent tear in the rotator cuff.

In brief: Tears don't heal

The reason they tell you this is because an actual "tear" of the rotator cuff tendon cannot heal on its own.
Once torn, the tendon remains torn. However, a rotator cuff injury usually represents an irritation or inflammation that inhibits normal function of the muscles. This can heal and return to normal. Many people feel perfectly fine, even with a persistent tear in the rotator cuff.
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