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Hi. I've been having shoulder pain. I've been told it's rotator cuff related, but i've been told it's not likely torn. Would acupuncture help?

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Dr. Harris Cohen
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Shoulder pain

Acupuncture is definitely something to consider, but i would consider a trial of anti-inflammatories (or a corticosteroid injection) and physical therapy first.

In brief: Shoulder pain

Acupuncture is definitely something to consider, but i would consider a trial of anti-inflammatories (or a corticosteroid injection) and physical therapy first.
Dr. Harris Cohen
Dr. Harris Cohen
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
Great answer. Wishing you'all the best.
Dr. Marci Dietrich
Bariatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Shoulder pain

Yes, it could help.
But, i would have the acupuncture first +/- nonsteroidals meds like ibuprofen. Typically, steroids interfere with successful treatment with acupuncture.If you already had steroid injection wait a few weeks until you try acupuncture.It is o-k to use nsaids, tylenol (acetaminophen) etc.Simultaneously with acupuncture.Steroids typically nullify the positive effects of acupuncture-don't know why!

In brief: Shoulder pain

Yes, it could help.
But, i would have the acupuncture first +/- nonsteroidals meds like ibuprofen. Typically, steroids interfere with successful treatment with acupuncture.If you already had steroid injection wait a few weeks until you try acupuncture.It is o-k to use nsaids, tylenol (acetaminophen) etc.Simultaneously with acupuncture.Steroids typically nullify the positive effects of acupuncture-don't know why!
Dr. Marci Dietrich
Dr. Marci Dietrich
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Dr. Amir Khan
Sports Medicine

In brief: Sure

Rotator cuff related is a vague description but may include common problems such as bursitis, impingement, rotator cuff tendinitis and or tear, biceps problems, and stiffness.
Additional clarity of diagnosis would be ideal. Your orthopedist may recommend nsaid's, therapy, and or injection if necessary. Acupuncture is an option.

In brief: Sure

Rotator cuff related is a vague description but may include common problems such as bursitis, impingement, rotator cuff tendinitis and or tear, biceps problems, and stiffness.
Additional clarity of diagnosis would be ideal. Your orthopedist may recommend nsaid's, therapy, and or injection if necessary. Acupuncture is an option.
Dr. Amir Khan
Dr. Amir Khan
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