Apply ice to the affected area. Take anti-inflammatory medication to reduce arm and shoulder pain. Begin an exercise program to maintain flexibility. Avoid carrying heavy objects with the affected arm or using shoulder-strap bags on the affected side.
How long does it take for rotator cuff tendonitis to heal?
Usually, a specific traumatic rotator cuff will heal in 2 to 4 weeks. But if it is a severe injury, or it is a chronic injury from wear, it may require months to improve. If the pain is getting in the way of your daily life or you injure yourself again, your doctor might suggest: Steroids.
Should I exercise my rotator cuff if it hurts?
If you have a rotator cuff injury, get ready to let those weights rest a bit at the gym. You should avoid lifting weights above your head or out from the sides of your body. These movements can cause more stress and even further injury to the area.
Will rotator cuff tendinitis go away on its own?
Return to activities — Most people with rotator cuff tendinitis see improvement in pain and function after 6 to 12 weeks of rehabilitation. If shoulder pain does not improve after several weeks of physical therapy exercises, most clinicians will recommend further evaluation. (See ‘Rotator cuff injury tests’ above.)