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Old 02-20-2019, 03:15 PM
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Hello Sweets I am a registered nurse who has worked twenty plus years in the operating room. I also suffered a shoulder injury. Eventually you will need a MRI for confirmation of what exactly is wrong. I would also recommend someone who specializes in shoulder surgery. There is a MAJOR difference between hands and shoulders. Post surgery there will be pain and you must have physical therapy. The pain can be managed, I know there is a lot of fear out theere regarding becoming addicted. If you have pain and take the medication appropriately you do not have to worry about addition. If there is a tear the only way to fix a tear is surgery. You are young and healthy. You should have the surgery if there is a tear. Now, if there is not a tear then try the NSAID's and PT. Perhaps you can avoid surgery. Also going back to the shoulder specialist, see him get his advice. If he recommends PT go to the therapy place that he recommends. It is a benefit to go to the therapists who know the doc and work with that particular physician. I suggest the shoulder specialist as there may be other ways to correct the tear again if that is what is present. Don't put it off with the limited mobility that is going to make things worse. Also if there is a tear you may need to get it fixed quickly. Healing starts quickly and if there is healing that has happened then that could possible make surgery more involved. Also keep in mind that depending upon your insurance a physician may have to repeat the PT and NSAIDS. There are many instances where physicians are under the control of insurance companies. I hope my advice is helpful.
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