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Will predizone help tendonitis? Will physical therapy help a rotator cuff tear?

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Dr. John Erickson
Surgery - Hand Surgery
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In brief: Sometimes

Prednisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication.
It can reduce pain and inflammation for tendonitis but it should be used sparingly for this purpose due to side effects. PT can help some patients with rotator cuff tears, but not all. Conservative treatment for rotator cuff tears is often the preferable initial treatment for most patients. You should be evaluated by an orthopaedic doctor.

In brief: Sometimes

Prednisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication.
It can reduce pain and inflammation for tendonitis but it should be used sparingly for this purpose due to side effects. PT can help some patients with rotator cuff tears, but not all. Conservative treatment for rotator cuff tears is often the preferable initial treatment for most patients. You should be evaluated by an orthopaedic doctor.
Dr. John Erickson
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Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Family Medicine
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In brief: Prednisone

Prednisone can help with tendonitis but patients should carefully monitor blood sugar.
Prednisone can raise blood sugar significantly. Prolonged treatment with prednisone may require adjustment of you medications. A partial tear of the rotator cuff does not require treatment unless there is pain. A partial tear can be effectively treated with therapy, the aim being to maintain range of motion.

In brief: Prednisone

Prednisone can help with tendonitis but patients should carefully monitor blood sugar.
Prednisone can raise blood sugar significantly. Prolonged treatment with prednisone may require adjustment of you medications. A partial tear of the rotator cuff does not require treatment unless there is pain. A partial tear can be effectively treated with therapy, the aim being to maintain range of motion.
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
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