Rotator Cuff Disorders
Medicines don't heal rotator cuff disorders. They help with pain and Reference inflammation Opens New Window. This allows you to start exercises to stretch and gradually strengthen the shoulder, which reduces the risk of stiffness or a Reference frozen shoulder.
- Reference Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These are the most common medicines used to help manage rotator cuff disorders. NSAIDs are available with or without a prescription. Or you can use Reference acetaminophen.
- Reference Corticosteroid shots. These are strong medicines that are usually given only after 3 to 4 weeks of other treatment. If the first shot doesn't help much, a second shot may be given to make sure that the first shot was given in the right place. But there is rarely a need for more than a few shots.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 7, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference Timothy Bhattacharyya, MD