Torn Rotator Cuff: Do I Need Surgery? Will Physical Therapy help?

Question: 

My doctor said I might have a torn rotator cuff. Will I need surgery, or will physical therapy help?

Answer: 

Before determining if you will need surgery or not, your doctor will likely schedule an MRI to take an image of your shoulder to determine if there is a rotator cuff tear. If there is you may or may not need surgery. The answer will depend on how significant the tear is, where the tear is located, your age and lifestyle, along with other factors. Regardless of those factors, your doctor may recommend trying a more conservative route first such as physical or occupational therapy. Your therapist will help to decrease pain, restore motion, improve strength, and hopefully return to your previous level of function. You, your therapist and doctor will then determine if surgery would still be recommended.

If you have been questioning whether or not Physical or Occupational therapy may be right for you, schedule a free 15-minute screening with one of our expert therapists today by calling 218.444.8280! Your Life. Your Health. Your Choice!

Sarah Kuhn: Physical Therapy Assistant