Rotator Cuff Tear

Seeking Advice

Your Family Doctor (GP)

Your Family Doctor will be able to diagnose and help treat your problem. He or she will be able to

  • tell you about your problem
  • advise you of the best treatment methods
  • prescribe you medications
  • and if necessary, refer you to Specialists (Consultants) for further treatment

What you can do in the meantime


In the days before your appointment, you can make yourself more comfortable by:

  • Resting your shoulder. Avoid movements that aggravatethe pain.
  • Pain relievers. Taking pain relieving medications, if necessary. There are Over-the-counter medications, that can be bought without a prescription from a doctor, that can help relieve your pain. These include:
    • Anti-inflammatory medications (called NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen
    • Paracetamol

Preparing for your appointment
You'll start by seeing your family doctor (GP). If your injury is severe and requires surgery, however, you'll likely be referred to an orthopaedic surgeon.

What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer them may reserve time to go over any points you want to spend more time on. Your doctor may ask:

* Where is the pain located?
* Does your job or hobby aggravate your shoulder pain?
* When did you first begin experiencing shoulder pain?
* Have you experienced any symptoms in addition to shoulder pain?
* How severe is your pain?
* What movements and activities aggravate and relieve your shoulder pain?
* Do you have any weakness or numbness in your arm?

What you can do in the meantime
In the days before your appointment, you can make yourself more comfortable by:

* Resting your shoulder. Avoid movements that aggravate it and give you more pain.
* Applying cold packs to reduce pain and inflammation.
* Taking pain medications, if necessary. Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen and may help reduce pain. paracetamol also may help relieve pain.

16 June, 2010