I had a partial-thickness tear and saw a sports medicine doc.
See a doc to see if you are a candidate for surgery. I thought full-thickness tears won't heal on their own.
If you are told to just do physical therapy and wait for it to heal you can try to jump-start the healing process.
--Platelet-Rich-Plasma injections. They helped me (healing occurred). Check internet for clinic near you.
--Bone Marrow Stem Cell Injections. Go to a clinic to see if you are a candidate.
--Topically apply DMSO to shoulder. The stuff is supposed to aid healing. Get at Amzon and other places.
--Shine Red (660nm) and near infrared light (840nm) on the shoulder. Supposedly energizes cells and aids healing.
--Pulsed ElctroMagnetic Field (PEMF) Didn't seem to do anything for me
I was diagnosed with no rotator cuff attachment left. The Dr said I have no rotator cuff left at all. Now the good part......
I have total movement in my shoulder. He said I was lucky as the surrounding muscles have learned to compensate. He said there are many patients who can’t move their arms with tiny rotator tears.
He said I had two choices. Either full shoulder replacement or therapy. I thought that was odd as they are two choices on opposite ends of the spectrum.
I chose therapy and I’m back on the courts but I make sure to do my therapy at home. It takes 10 mins. The only downside is my overheads still suck.
If you have a choice I would try therapy strength exercises before any surgery.
I had a rotator cuff tear in my muscle. I was able to get it fully healed after about 6 months of rehab doing thrower's ten exercises. However, if your tear is in the tendon, that's much worse. You might need surgery for that.
Had a calcific tendonitis 0.6mm at the supraspinatus, tendonitis at infaspinatus, labrum injury, long head of the biceps, badly unbalanced shoulder that hurt even at night and especially serves were out of the question,everybody suggested surgery immediately, after some specialized pt with lots of PROPER exersises i am good as new and with very strong shoulder after 8-10 months rehab without stopping playing tennis completely, only the first 2-3 months of therapy didn't play at all