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  • Rest

    You will need to avoid all physical activity involving the affected arm while it heals.

  • Anti-inflammatory medications

    Your doctor will likely recommend you take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication – such as aspirin, naproxen, or ibuprofen – for six to eight weeks.

  • Physical therapy

    Your healthcare provider may prescribe rehabilitation therapy. Our physical therapists establish a unique plan of care that includes specific interventions for your condition and situation to help alleviate pain and improve mobility.

  • Cortisone injections

    If anti-inflammatory medications have not helped your symptoms, your specialist may give you a cortisone injection, which is a stronger anti-inflammatory medicine that can cause muscle and tendon weakening if used over time.


  • Physical examination

    Your doctor will conduct a complete physical examination and collect your health history to help make the diagnosis.

  • X-ray

    YYour specialist may order an X-ray to rule out shoulder arthritis, which can cause similar symptoms.

  • Imaging

    If your symptoms do not respond to treatment, your doctor may order an imaging test – such as an ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – to make sure you don’t have a rotator cuff tear.

  • Arthroscopy

    In this test, your specialist inserts a long, thin instrument (arthroscope) into your elbow joint to assess the cartilage injury.