Rotator cuff tears typically affect people’s lifestyle in a negative way. People will have pain and dysfunction in their shoulder when they raise their arm overhead. Pain is usually the presenting symptom to the doctor because it’s hard to live with pain, especially when you can’t do what you want to do. In the interim, while you’re waiting to see the doctor, things that you can do to treat rotator cuff tears are use things like ice or oral anti-inflammatories such as Motrin, Advil, or Aleve, or any other over the counter or oral anti-inflammatory. Typically resting the shoulder and avoiding certain stresses that involve overhead activity typically also help.