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An Alternative to Surgery for Rotator Cuff Pain

Written By Coastal Integrative Health on November 15, 2013

An Alternative to Surgery for Rotator Cuff Pain

Rotator Cuff Pain can be a sign of a tear. Rotator tears are a common cause of disability in adults. The resulting weakness in the shoulder makes even simple daily activities like dressing or bathing painful. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons reported that nearly two million people sought surgical relief for rotary cuff pain in 2008. Their research also shows that the occurrence of injury to the rotary cuff increases with age.

Most minor tears heal with rehabilitation, however; major tears often require surgery. In recent years, there have been an increasing number of patients with full tears who have recovered using physical rehabilitation instead. A recent study in Germany showed that people using home based exercises set up by a trained therapist recuperated much better than those using a more passive out patient program.

When comparing improvements to range of motion, strength, function, and pain, there was no difference between the two groups. Those using the home base program did show a significant increase in their quality of life over the out patient group. Researchers said that the psychological improvements noted in the home based group were an unexpected find. They further stated that patients obviously benefited from the more active self reliant home based approach.

If you suffer from rotary cuff pain, consult your doctor about the advantages of manual therapy or physical therapy over surgery. While considering your options, contact us and let us help you develop a program that will help you heal without all the side affects and risks of surgery.



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