Not many people think that going under the knife for any type of surgery is a walk in the park or a procedure to take lightly. Surgery should only be performed when all other options have been explored and implemented.
As with rotator cuff injuries, there are specific non-surgical treatment options that you should entertain first before opting for surgery.
It’s important to know that a complete tear to your rotator cuff can only be repaired and re-attached surgically. But the majority of other types of rotator cuff injuries, it is possible to treat and cure using non-invasive, nonsurgical treatment methods.
Options to look at for rotator cuff recovery can include cortisone/steroid injections, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy through various exercise routines. For individuals who participate in contact sports or are required to use your arm frequently overhead, then it’s not uncommon for Doctors to recommend rotator cuff surgery.
Rotator cuff injury treatments using non-surgical means and methodologies can sometimes require that the patient makes changes to their normal activities and refrain from any sort of contact sports or overhead movements and actions.
The bottom line is that you will want to avoid all activities that may cause your rotator cuff symptoms such as pain and weakness to increase. Ensure that your Doctor performs a rotator cuff physical examination to make sure you have a torn rotator and not some other shoulder injury.
The manipulation and control of rotator cuff injuries by selecting nonsurgical methods can give your shoulder some much needed pain relief and increase your shoulder’s range of motion, which is imperative to a full recovery and return to normal participation levels.
For many rotator cuff sufferers, their first symptom is shoulder pain, especially at night. Then following pain is shoulder weakness. There are many ways to deal with the pain but the only way to strengthen your rotator cuff and deal with the weakness is by performing specific rotator cuff exercises.
A main reason to avoid rotator cuff surgery altogether is that there is an inherent risk that goes with surgical procedures such as infections, complications from anesthesia and permanent stiffness. Opting for non-surgical procedures ensures that you don’t have to take time off work or lose compensation because of your injury.
For obvious reasons, if your rotator cuff injury occurred over a 12 to 18 months ago, then non-surgical procedures could inevitably be a waste of time. Also, if you know for a fact that the tear in your rotator cuff is greater than 3 centimeters, then you may have no other option but surgery.
Below are a set of non surgical options for a rotator cuff injury. I have listed them in what I believe to be the least to most effective ways to recover:
- Taking anti-inflammatory medication
- Use of a sling
- Steroid injection
- Rest and limitation of overhead activity
- Rotator cuff strengthening exercises
- Home treatment programs
Did you know that number 6 existed(Home treatment programs)?
Many individuals have heard of the top 5, non-invasive options for rotator cuff treatment but not many people realize or know that you can treat and repair your torn rotator cuff at home.
The most exciting part about home based treatment is that you don’t need to shell out hundreds of dollars of your hard earned cash on Doctors, medical gadgets or exercise equipment. When you click on the button below, a video will show you just how easy it is to recover from a rotator cuff injury at home!