Can a Partial Rotator Cuff Tear be Treated without Surgery?

Can a Partial Rotator Cuff Tear be Treated without Surgery?

The rotation of the hand is possible due to the rotator cuff in the shoulder. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons which surround the shoulder joint, keeping the head of the upper arm bone within the shoulder socket.

Rotator cuff tears are very common and dangerous as well. Rotator cuff tears usually happen when the shoulder joint is extensively used in various strenuous activities mainly sports.

Now there are mainly two rotator cuff tear treatments which work, we either let the tears be and heal on its own or surgery is the next option.

Now most people want to avoid the treatment through surgery and the question which eventually pops in the head is..

Can a rotator cuff tear injury heal without surgery?

Rotator Cuff Tear Injury

This question is asked by around 40,000 people who suffer from Partial rotator cuff tear injuries in the world and who opt for surgery to repair it.

The answer is ‘Maybe’. Extensive research has brought many doctors to a conclusion that when it comes to rotator cuff tear treatment, no surgery can heal the tear or will not improve it in any way but the tear will not become bigger and worse.

Rotator cuff tear is a delicate injury, which, if operated upon, might or might not become worse and hence it is quite safe to say that surgery isn’t the completely safe option.

Research has shown that out of 24 people with supraspinatus tear, which is the muscle in the rotator cuff, 9 who did not opt for surgery, the supraspinatus tear grew smaller. For another 9 people, the tear showed no difference and for the other 6 patients, the rotator cuff tear was found to be bigger.

Hence the research came to a conclusion of surgery not doing much of a difference when it came to supraspinatus tears.

When it comes to rotator cuff tear treatments, it is always better to let it heal naturally as once a rotator cuff tear happens, the stem cells inside the tissue gets damaged and depleted to a great extent. With regard to surgery as a rotator cuff tear treatment, they sew the the two tissues together which are already damaged which leads to eventual retearing of the tissues causing more harm.

The supraspinatus tear or rotator cuff tear should be let to heal naturally. As the research shows, the majority percentage of people showed no extended damage to the rotator cuff treatment. Eventually when it comes to rotator cuff tear treatment, surgery isn’t the best option.

About The Doctor:

Dr. Venkat Ram Prasad Vallamshetla - Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Venkat Ram Prasad Vallamshetla is one of the Best Orthopedic surgeon in Hyderabad. He has done his MBBS, MS Ortho (OSM), MRCS (Edin) and FRCS (Trauma & Orth) from Edinburgh. He has additionally undergone training and has worked in Birmingham for over 12 years with a specialization in Joint Replacement, arthroscopic surgery, sports injuries.

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