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Relief with virgin olive oil does not help in diagnosis. The massage or rubbing may be helping by increasing the blood flow to the area which carries of any bio chemical mediators of pain.
If you have had no relief with cortisone shots and physical therapy ,surgical treatment for rotator cuff tear and excision of bursa may need to be considered. This can be done by minimally invasive techniques of arthroscopic shoulder surgery. A good sports injury specialist can do the surgery for you.
If surgery is not an option considering your age when you may consider having TENS that is transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. Physical therapist can give this to you.
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Virgin olive oil is known to have painkilling activity which has been shown to be equal to Ibuprofen the drug present in advil in some studies.
This is a possible reason that you get pain relief with olive oil. It does not help us in diagnosing the underlying condition.