Research has shown that if you have a rotator cuff tear, treatment with physical therapy may be just as effective as surgery. Rotator cuff tears are a common source of shoulder pain and functional loss in your arms and upper extremities.
An arm in a sling cures a shoulder fracture just as well as an operation with plates and screws. This is shown by a comprehensive study.
When a patient presents with signs and symptoms of a rotator cuff tear, should a surgical procedure be done right away? The answer depends on certain factors, according to Jay D. Keener, MD, from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri