For many of us, whether we’re athletic into our later years or not, shoulder pain is a reality. A bad fall, golfing, tennis, bowling, or a car accident; there are no shortages of instigating factors that can lead to a torn rotator cuff. Because our rotator cuffs are made up of a series of muscles and tendons connecting our arms to our shoulder blades, healing from rotator cuff damage may be problematic.
Complicated injuries like a torn rotator cuff can be difficult to deal with. When it’s a minor injury, a torn rotator cuff can be handled with rest, icing the affected area, and recommended stretches. If your injury is more severe, it will require a more aggressive approach to recovery, and surgery may also be recommended.
We know that surgery always comes with risks; in many instances, those risks are worth it. When it comes to shoulder surgery, however, it may be more intricate. So, is it possible that there may be alternatives to shoulder surgery?
Are There Alternatives to Shoulder Surgery?
There are some alternatives to shoulder surgery available. Beyond rest, icing, and stretches, anti-inflammatories like nutraMetrix Isotonix OPC-3 may also help a torn rotator cuff. In severe cases, your doctor might recommend corticosteroid injections. There are other techniques that may be recommended to reduce inflammation and manage your pain as well.
What Happens If I Don’t Get Treated for My Shoulder Injury?
Many complications can come about by not treating a shoulder injury. If you hadn’t already torn your rotator cuff but were close to doing so, you may cause a full-on tear or worsen the tear you already have. These kinds of injuries can also lead to your shoulder getting dislocated or even a separation of the arm that would make surgery unavoidable. You could also cause a tear in your shoulder cartilage and limit your mobility in a way that could become impossible to restore fully.
Treat Your Shoulder Pain at East Bay Chiropractic
A torn rotator cuff, rotator cuff tendinitis, and other injuries and inflammations in and around your shoulder can make your days painful and your nights uncomfortable. At East Bay Chiropractic, we have three decades of experience in treating people suffering from chronic pain. We also specialize in the Graston Technique®, a pain management technique that targets the scars in your soft tissue that help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. Contact East Bay Chiropractic today and learn more about how we can help you manage your chronic pain, or call us directly at (516) 679-2225.