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Non-Operative

Most conditions about the shoulder can be treated non-operatively. Only a few conditions, such as rotator cuff tears and fractures, will lead to disabling, painful arthritis. The remaining conditions about the shoulder will not lead to arthritis and patients are often encouraged to treat their pain with simple modalities such as rest and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as naproxen or ibuprofen. When the pain persists longer than three or four weeks, patients may be offered cortisone injections, physical therapy, or other pain relieving modalities.

Facts About Cortisone A common question asked is about the safety and efficacy of cortisone. Cortisone is one of the best treatments in my arsenal, yet, people continually ask one of three queries: "Doesn't cortisone damage the tissue?", "Doesn't cortisone…
Below are 6 exercises that are ok for patients to try at home Extension: attach tubing at a height near shoulder level or slightly above. Hold the free end in the hand of the affected shoulder and pull arm back…
Philosophy on Physical Therapy The key to a happy shoulder is a flexible shoulder. Initial phases of physical therapy should focus on decreasing the inflammation about the shoulder with anti-inflammatory medications and ice. Once the inflammatory phase of healing has…
A new and exciting evolution in the treatment of musculoskeletal ailments is the use of platelet rich plasma (PRP). Historically, orthopaedic research has been focused on making the strongest implants whether they are joint replacements, plates and screws to fix…