If you’re currently living a life consumed by shoulder pain caused by a rotator cuff tear, it can be difficult to track down a long-term solution. Most people with shoulder pain find themselves in a constant battle where the best possible solution is managing the pain and not ending it.
It’s easy to trick yourself into thinking that a nagging shoulder injury can’t affect your life that much, but it can creep into your sleep, keeping you awake for hours on end and it keeps you from the simple joys of an active life. For many, constant pain means they are less able to deal with their daily stresses, which in turn can decrease engagement at work and with their family. At the end of the day, it can change who you are, and prevent you from being the best version of yourself.
Does This Sound Like Your Shoulder Pain?
If the answer is “yes” then you may have already tried many of the usual methods of dealing with a torn rotator cuff such as:
- Going to your doctor, who advised you to rest your shoulder and take medication to manage the pain while it heals on its own. They told you that if this didn’t work, they would refer you to an orthopedic surgeon for a consultation.
- Going to that orthopedic surgeon, and being told that surgery was your only option.
- When chatting with friends they kind of laugh and say, “That’s just what happens as we get older!”
- Getting a massage that slightly helps you manage the pain but never quite seems to makes it go away entirely.
- Looking up some exercises on YouTube, but not finding anything that provided lasting results – or worse, finding exercises that worsen your shoulder pain.
At this point it’s understandable to be frustrated, and you might be thinking, “If there’s a better way, then I just have not found it yet.”
So How Does Rotator Cuff Tear Get Solved For Good?
While many Scottsdale shoulder pain treatment providers focus on just one area, a joint, a muscle, a ligament…what most people need is a provider that will approach your treatment as a whole. They should take everything into account when diagnosing what the root cause of your limitations are, and what to do about them.
There are 3 things that are necessary, in order to get you pain free and back into an active life.
Accurate diagnosis of the ROOT CAUSE of your shoulder pain. Where your symptoms are, is often the result of a deeper problem, especially in the case of a torn rotator cuff. By treating the root cause of your pain, not only will your pain go away, but you may find yourself feeling stronger than you have felt in years.
And the best part: Even if that injury is years old, a good provider can still develop a plan to get it corrected.
A comprehensive STRATEGY to get you from point A to point B (With “Point B” being your target lifestyle). Because your body is an inter-connected machine, there are many pieces to an injury. Tight muscles, sprained ligaments, weakness, stiff joints…There is no one size fits all solution to something even as common as a torn rotator cuff, a specific strategy is needed to address each individual component of your condition, while fixing the root cause.
Take frequent measurements. After all, the proof is in the pudding. Measurements allow a provider hard data to help determine how you are responding to your treatment. This is more than just a “Hey, are you feeling better, or worse? Scale of 1-10?” situation. Taking real measurements of your range of motion, strength, and movement patterns on a regular basis is a necessity for gauging progress. When a provider has a STRATEGY, then when the measurements are not meeting expectations you know that the treatment will need to be revised.
The truth is, we’re all far to often obsessed with quick-fixes to our problems. Very rarely do we want to put in the hard work to find permanent solutions. This has led to short-sighted medicinal solutions to injuries like a rotator cuff tear, that simply fail to address the root cause of the injury.
There are enough people out there who are perfectly fine with taking pills, or waiting until surgery, that doctors and insurance companies have shifted towards this as the desired and recommended model. As a result, it’s difficult for active people who want real solutions to find good help.
When living an active life is important to you, it is world-shattering to have a doctor advise you to stop doing what you love for the sake of your health. It can feel like a big part of your life has been stolen from you. That’s why it’s important to find a Scottsdale shoulder pain treatment doctor who is onboard with helping you live the best life you can.
Click the video below to hear what Dr. Tom has to say about your shoulder pain, or keep reading to learn more about how to find a real solution.