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Study says some shoulder surgeries just don’t work 😱

Before you agree to shoulder surgery, you should know that most patients report no difference in pain up to five years later

 a man grasps his aching shoulder while holding a hammer with his other handThere are 360 joints in the human body. And the shoulder joint tops just about anyone’s list of the most complex. This is not just because of the shoulder’s anatomy – which is crazy complex in and of itself – it is because the shoulder’s many movements and range of motions and uses predisposes it to overwork – and injury.

Each year in the United States, approximately 4.5 million medical provider visits are related to shoulder pain. And many of those people will eventually be offered surgical remedies.

However, before you say “Okay,” to invasive surgery when there has been no evidence of injury, you may be interested to know that recent studies have found that most patients who opted for shoulder surgery reported no difference in pain up to five years later.

The most recent report, published by The BMJ, a global healthcare knowledge provider, recommended physical therapy, injections and manual and electrotherapy in lieu of decompression surgery.

In many cases, manual therapy in addition to exercise therapy was proven to be much more effective than surgery for long-term relief of shoulder pain and range of motion issues.

For more information about shoulder pain, as well as tips for alleviating pain, download our eBook, “Common Causes of Shoulder Pain and How to Heal, Strengthen and Prevent Injury Without Surgery or Painkillers.”

to your body – monitor placed straight ahead so you don’t have to crane your neck up or down. (See illustration below.)

If you’re watching TV, pick up the weights – or unopened soup cans – and work the arm muscles. If you’re working, take breaks and stroll around the office. If you’re watching TV, do some stretching during the commercials, or take a stroll to somewhere other than the refrigerator!

If you need some pointers, the Allied staff (https://alliedpt.com/contact/) is always ready to evaluate your working conditions – or watching conditions – and make recommendations about the best way to keep your moving parts in good working order!

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Thinking of running your first marathon? Or joining that neighborhood basketball game even though you haven’t been on a basketball court in 15 years? Or maybe you’d like to start kayaking through Southwest Florida’s many waterways so you can get a little closer to nature?

Before you take off running, or jumping, or throwing or rowing – you may want to consult with your physical therapist to be sure all of the joints, muscles and tendons needed for your new activity are in good working order! 

An injury threat assessment can help you to identify the physical systems that will be needed for your new activity – and can help you strengthen those joints, muscles and tendons before you get started – so you will be at less risk of injury. And if you’ve already jumped in with both feet – spraining your ankles in the effort – we can help you get back on your feet again for another go!

Call us today – so we can help you find a new activity to love – without the risk of hurting yourself!

New Clinic Now Open in Bonita!

We cannot wait to show you our new clinic located at 26651 Dublin Woods Circle in Bonita Springs! Our brand-new facility just opened this past summer and is headed up by Dr. Emily Erickson. Click here to download our announcement flyer. Or call the Bonita Clinic at ‭(239) 676-5995‬.

At Allied Physical Therapy, we cherish our relationships with our patients and want to do all we can to help you live a happier, more active life – getting you back to doing what you love! So we are sharing our tips and tricks to keep all your moving parts in good working order… And, if there is anything you would like to see addressed in our next newsletter – or if you have any questions about anything you’ve read – email us confidentially at info@alliedpt.com.

Questions? 

We have answers! Get in touch with us at Allied and we’ll do what we can to answer your questions. Or, Call Now to Schedule a Free Discovery Session: 239-242-0070.