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Rotator Cuff Injury (cont.)

Self-Care at Home

  • Rest and ice are the first-line home treatment of any sprain or strain.
  • Apply ice for 15-20-minute periods at least three times a day.
  • A sling may be helpful to rest the shoulder but care must be taken not to wear the sling for too long, otherwise the shoulder joint will become stiff and may require significant effort in regaining the lost range of motion.
  • Anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or naproxen may help decrease the pain and swelling of the injury. These over-the-counter medications should be taken with care if there are underlying stomach or kidney problems or if the patient is taking a blood thinner like warfarin (Coumadin). It is appropriate to check with your family physician or pharmacist if concerns exist.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/27/2014

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