Don't Get Surgery For That Shoulder Until You Know The Options
Pro Tip: Most Shoulder Complaints DON'T Need Surgery
We love our shoulders and the large majority of us know what it feels like when they give us some issues.
Shoulder problems are so common because the shoulder joint is most moveable joint in the body.
That means it can go in so many different directions but we sacrifice stability to allow for all of the movement. When we have less stability, we have more opportunities for injury or aggravation.
We have patients tell us every week that they have a tear in their rotator and probably need surgery.
Worst of all, they say that their orthopedic surgeon said that it’s not a matter of if they’re having surgery, but when they’re having surgery. Which is a terrible thing to say to these people, by the way and can lead them down the path to chronic pain.
But that a different matter all together.
While there are rotator tears that can be problematic at times, most can be successfully managed without surgery. Lifelong.
Recent research shows that 75% of full-thickness rotator tears (supraspinatus) can be fully and successfully rehabbed with no surgery at all.
We know, and research proved, that movement is healing and motion is the lotion for our joint. In addition, Hurt does not mean Harm. When people have just about any surgery, including joint replacement like knees, patients are up and walking the halls within 24 hours. Movement is healing.
These shoulder tears can almost always be rehabbed and strengthened and managed. No surgery. No cortisone shots that tear up the joints.
Another issue is that research has shown us that most shoulder surgeries have never even been compared in research subjects to those that had no surgery at all. So they have no clue whether it makes just as much sense to manage the shoulder through movement and rehabilitation.
Of course, we know that most can actually be managed and rehabbed successfully wihout surgery!
At Creek Stone Integrated Medical, I use knowledge gained in my Orthopedic Fellowship training to assess shoulder issues and give effective treatment and targeted exercise to get them back in the game. When we supercharge it by adding low-level laser to the mix, treatment is powerful and effective.
Beside tears, another big cause of shoulder issues is called shoulder impingement. Sometimes just some great exercises and some postural alterations can make a huge difference quickly.
Most people don’t realize that a huge portion of our shoulder movement comes from our shoulder blades. Knowing this, I also explore the shoulder blade movement and address any dysfunction there.
Most shoulder issues can be effectively addressed with our help. We do everything conservatively and non-invasively but, should everything we do still not help, we pull out the hammer and start treating through our Nurse Practitioner with Platelet Rich Plasma. Also known as PRP.
PRP is proven through research to be better and longer lasting for treating shoulder pain medically without being detrimental to the structures of the joint.
Here are some quick examples:
- PRP and procaine were effective in treating frozen shoulder. PRP was more effective and had a more prolonged efficiency than the procaine control.
- PRP injections were found to be effective in both pain and disability, and showed improvements in a restricted shoulder due to adhesive capsulitis. Which is frozen shoulder.
- Our study provided evidence of the efficacy of PRP injection in the healing of small to medium partial-thickness rotator cuff tears.
- Patients with partial-thickness rotator cuff tears or tendinopathy experienced clinical improvement in pain and patient-reported outcome scores after both ultrasound-guided cortisone and PRP injections. Patients who received PRP obtained superior improvement in pain and function at short-term follow-up (3 months).
We have so many options to help our patients get over their should injuries without surgery and more invasive procedures.
Call us at 806-355-3000 and let’s get you on our schedule as soon as possible. Let’s get you back in the game.
Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM, DABFP is double Board Certified as a Fellow in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Orthopedics as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Professionals, and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast (https://www.chiropracticforward.com). Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected] Learn more about Dr. Williams and his practice at https://www.amarillochiropractor.com.
Dr. Williams was voted Best Chiropractor In Amarillo in the Best of Amarillo 2020 & 2021. Dr. Williams's full-time Amarillo chiropractic practice is Creek Stone Integrated Medical at 3501 SW 45th St., Ste. T, Amarillo, TX 79109. If you are searching for a chiropractor near me, Dr. Williams is your Amarillo Chiropractor.
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