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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Rotator Cuff Injuries
Rotator Cuff Injury
Answer: Cortisone is only a problem if given repeatedly or in big doses. The real question is whether there as a tear in the rotator cuff muscles or ligaments that will require surgery. An MRI is not going to help unless it shows a major tear, which is unlikely. Try the second shot to avoid surgery. A shoulder is never improved with surgery and you will be better off postponing surgery if possible. Do not rush to surgical repair unless no other option improves your shoulder.