Author: Phillip Bennion
When it comes to shoulder pain, I’ve found that many patients avoid seeking treatment because they’re concerned surgery will be too invasive, exhausting, painful, difficult… you name it. The list goes on and on. With advancements in technology – especially with the advent of arthroscopic shoulder surgery – that’s simply not the case anymore. For the majority of patients, shoulder pain treatment is feasible.
When Does Shoulder Pain Need Professional Attention?
You should talk to your physician if…
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories cannot relieve your pain.
- Shoulder pain worsens with movement of the shoulder.
- You cannot sleep due to shoulder pain.
- You have pain while lying on the shoulder.
- Shoulder pain limits your daily activities.
- There is swelling, redness, or tenderness.
If pain follows a fall onto the outstretched hand or directly onto the shoulder, you should seek immediate medical attention. (If shoulder pain is accompanied by shortness of breath or tightness in the chest, then seek urgent medical care, as these symptoms could be signs of heart attack.)
Advances in Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Experiencing the above symptoms does not, in any way, mean that you need shoulder surgery. However, as I said earlier, many patients with these basic symptoms avoid seeing an orthopaedic physician because they have a false picture of shoulder surgery.
With today’s advances in arthroscopic shoulder surgery, the tables have turned. Now, surgeons at Hedley Orthopaedic Institute – and in many areas of the world – can perform arthroscopic shoulder surgery that offers a number of benefits, such as:
- Shorter recovery period. Due to the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, the arthroscopic shoulder surgery recovery period tends to be shorter than the traditional surgery recovery period.
- Less pain. Arthroscopic shoulder procedures tend to cause less pain than similar non-arthroscopic procedures
- Less scarring. In arthroscopic shoulder surgery, the cuts are small, which means there’s less scarring.
- Good outcomes. Arthroscopic shoulder surgery offers outcomes that are generally comparable to similar non-arthroscopic shoulder procedures.
If you would like to learn more about how arthroscopic shoulder surgery is used to treat shoulder pain, please don’t hesitate to contact Hedley Orthopaedic Institute at 602-553-3113.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.