How to Avoid Rotator Cuff Surgery with Physical Therapy

Written By Coastal Integrative Health on January 10, 2018

woman receiving physical therapy for shoulder pain

There is never a quick fix. It is more common than you think to do damage to your muscles. Whether you work outside, run around with your children, or put up the Christmas tree this year, you might be at risk of doing some damage. 

If you do, solving the problem never seems to be straightforward.

You might go to two or three doctors before you find out what is going on. One might tell you just to ice it and wait for it to heal by itself. Another might say to you that your only option is surgery. 

Chronic pain can become tiring, and the prospect of surgery for some might sound like the only way forward.

But what if you did not have to go through the stress of surgery?

Let's take a look at how physical therapy can be a useful alternative. 

Treat Shoulder Pain with Physical Therapy

Shoulder pain is surprisingly common. According to Colorado in Motion, "rotator cuff injuries are one of the most common causes of shoulder pain in the United States." 

Colorado in Motion goes on to cite research that looked into both physical therapy and surgery as treatment options. They found that patient satisfaction was the same in both cases. However, people that received physical therapy reported experiencing less pain afterwards than those who had surgery. 

Surgery can be stressful on the body. It is typically reserved for emergency situations and problems that cannot be solved any other way. 

It is a big decision to have surgery and can bring with it risks that other treatment does not.

With proven research, it is possible to treat shoulder pain with physical therapy. Sometimes it is unnecessary to resort to an option as invasive as surgery. 

The Key to Rotator Cuff Treatment

Treating rotator cuff issues with physical therapy has proven to be effective. You do not have to suffer prolonged shoulder pain waiting to be booked in to have surgery. 

Physical therapy is an effective way of improving the condition of your muscles and preventing further discomfort.

Coastal Integrative Health is a professional physical therapy clinic located in Shallotte. 

Through the implementation of alternative methods to medical intervention, Coastal Integrative Health provides you with a simple, practical solution to a painful problem. Call us today at (910) 755-5400 to schedule an appointment.


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