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How Do I Know If My Shoulder Injury Will Require Surgery

Posted on Sun, Feb 9, 2014 @ 09:02 AM

How Do I Know If My Shoulder Injury Will Require Surgery

People who incur an injury to their shoulder, for example a tear in their rotator cuff, need to consult an orthopedist as soon as possible. Rotator cuff injuries can often be treated non-surgically, with plenty of rest and physical therapy. Without consulting an orthopedist, it will be difficult to determine the seriousness of the injury, as well as what treatment option is going to heal the rotator cuff tear the best. Before making a decision, it is imperative to consider the following:  shoulder surgery

  • Patients should begin with non-surgical treatment options, such as rest, ice, and heat applications along with rehabilitation and anti-inflammatory medicines. These treatment options are often able to halt and reverse the early phases of rotator cuff tear symptoms. However, if symptoms persist for over six months, the injury is unlikely to heal without a surgical intervention.

  • Patients should consider shoulder surgery if they have torn their rotator cuff and when it is causing weakness. Nevertheless, bear in mind that surgery is unable to reverse issues that arise with degeneration.
  • Whether a patient chooses non-surgical treatment or surgery, he will need rehabilitation. Depending on his treatment option, he may need to undergo approximately 3 to 12 months of rehabilitation

Consult a Reputable Orthopedist

Patients should not make a decision to undergo surgery without the advice of an orthopedist. It is always best to obtain advice and medical opinions from a professional, because he has the experience in treating people with torn rotator cuffs, shoulder impingement syndrome, or other injuries related to the shoulder. In order to obtain proper professional advice and opinions, patients should consult a highly experienced orthopedist.

Search online for candidates or ask for recommendations from close family, friends, or coworkers. Primary care physicians are also able to provide a list of referrals of the best orthopedists in town. Once there is a list of orthopedists, consider conducting careful research about them. Learn as much as possible about the candidates, such as their qualifications, credentials, experience, success rates, consultation fee, accepted insurances, and many more.

It is recommended that patients search online for customer reviews as well. Numerous rating sites publish reliable reviews that were submitted by patients or their family members. These testimonials are written based on the surgeon’s bedside manners, his overall professionalism, and accuracy in diagnosing a condition or injury, and various others.

To consult a highly reputable orthopedist in NYC, please call 646-593-7305 or click the following button to receive a call from one of our representatives.  

 

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