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Non-Surgical and Post-Surgical Treatment Options

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  • Stephanie Rodgers
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 2:19 pm | Permalink
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    Physical Therapy is an intervention option before electing for surgery. Your therapist would be able to evaluate you and determine if surgery is needed or sessions with them would be more cost effective and useful. What are the most common shoulder injuries that require surgery? Shoulder Surgery

    • Posted March 3, 2015 at 5:09 pm | Permalink
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      There are several common diagnoses our office sees with regards to shoulder pain that require surgery. One of the more common reasons that many people have heard of is for a rotator cuff tear. The rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles in the shoulder that assist with moving the arm to perform movements like pouring coffee, reaching into the back seat, and lifting your arm overhead. When someone suffers from a rotator cuff injury or tear they develop pain with one or all of these daily activities and many times will begin to lose range of motion as well. An orthopaedic surgeon can evaluate the shoulder muscles and determine if surgery is the right option or if more conservative management such as physical therapy or an injection might be more appropriate.

      Another common injury treated by shoulder surgeons in a torn ligament in the shoulder. This type of injury can occur frequently after a fall or even after a weight lifting injury. Patients would have pain with sleeping on their injured arm and with activity can hear or feel a pop many times that causes radiating pain down the arm and into the back of the shoulder. The surgeon would evaluate your arm and possibly order an MRI to determine if a surgical repair is necessary.

      In addition to tendon and ligament injuries, bone injuries of the shoulder are also common diagnoses. A fracture, also known as a broken bone, in the shoulder may require surgery to correct alignment and usually would occur after some type of trauma or fall. Osteoarthritis of the shoulder joint can cause pain and loss of range of motion and when it becomes too severe an Orthopaedic surgeon would discuss the option of a total joint replacement surgery with you to help decrease your pain level and improve your function.

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