Do I need to have surgery?

Hi! Alan here. I have some important info for you to hear. It is from my experiences with shoulder pain, treatment, surgery and rehabilitation. I have also used alternative treatments with great success.


So, this is my statement: It is rarely necessary or even a good idea to have surgery on your shoulder simply because you are experiencing pain.


Alternative approaches are usually better with better outcomes. That's as simple as I can be about it.


Please... THINK before even considering surgery anywhere on you body. The aftermath of an unnecessary surgery may NOT be what you imagined or were told. And you have scar tissue and many other post-surgical traumas that will not be mentioned in your doctor's office.


If you are in pain, please seek the advice of much more than the best surgeon in town. Get to a physiatrist for an opinion. Get to a chiropractor for an opinion. Get to an acupuncturist for an opinion. Then, and only then, do what you will. I hate to be in pain and if I can pass on solid advice to the general public, without seeing the patient, I will and do here.

When To Have Surgery
Rotator cuff tears are a common injury of a complicated joint. Because of our dependence on the shoulder for many activities, these injuries can be frustrating experiences. Learn more about rotator cuff tears, including diagnosis, symptoms, treatments and rehabilitation.

 

Jonathan Cluett, M.D.
Orthopedics Expert
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When To Have Surgery  

Determining when surgery is necessary depends on several factors. Discuss with your doctor the particular reasons why surgery may be considered, or non-surgical treatments may be further attempted. As stated above, not all rotator cuff tears will need surgery for symptom relief.

 

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Options For Surgical Treatment  
There are several surgical options for treatment of a rotator cuff tear. The exact type of surgery may depend on factors including the size and location of your tear, your surgeon's preference, and the activities you want to be able to return to after surgery.

 

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Rehab After Surgery  
Healing from surgery for a rotator cuff tear is entirely dependent on a patient being able to perform proper rehabilitation and avoid activities that may injure the healing tendons.

 

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8 Non-Surgical Treatments  
Most rotator cuff tears can be treated without surgery -- in fact, it is the small minority of patients who end up undergoing surgical treatment for a rotator cuff tear.

 

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