Shoulder Surgery – Rotator Cuff Tears

The shoulder is used in the metaphor of ‘shouldering the pain’ because it is joint that can handle and has to handle so many movements per day. It is often taken for granted until you have even the slightest of injuries, and then you realize just how often you move this ball-and-socket joint. 

The way the shoulder is made allows for it to be incredibly mobile. The mobility and flexibility it affords allow for many elite athletes to literally make a living throwing a ball.  In fact, whether you’re ‘shouldering the burden’ of work in sports or in everyday life, if one of the four powerful and flexible tendons and muscles that allows the shoulder to work gets injured or worn then you’d be surprised at the level of pain it causes. Because of the 4 tendons & muscles don’t hold the bone in the socket then the utilization of the shoulder basically crumbles like a house of cards. You can’t lift your arm over your head without excruciating pain.

Rotate in the dictionary is defined as: “to turn or cause something to turn in a circle, especially around a fixed point:” When it comes to the shoulder the RC essential allows the shoulder to rotate in its unique fashion, yet keeping the bone in place which allows for leverage and the mobility. It truly is a marvel of engineering by Mother Nature.

Rotator cuff tear

The amount of force put on the tendons and muscles just in daily movements, let alone in very active movements such as throwing or hitting a ball is tremendous. This often leads to damaging the tendons and muscles which used to mean automatic surgery.  

The RC (rotator cuff) tears are the types of injuries that happen most often with the shoulder. Although medical advancements when it comes to surgery are truly astonishing, the complicated joint makes the surgery very difficult as well as the recovery very long and unfortunately not as successful as you’d like to think.

In fact, it is not uncommon for people to suffer for years and years with the nagging pains associated with a deteriorating rotator cuff. Taking pills to cover the pain only causes additional health challenges. Even if you think you’re being safe and taking Toloynol, the dangers of over the counter pills may not be an addiction, but they are definitely extremely harmful.

What are your options?

Here are some things to consider when looking into rotator cuff surgery or trying to just get by with PT.

1. Can An X-ray or MRI Be Misleading When It Comes To RC Tears? 

Most people would say that a picture is worth a thousand words so the smart money would say it can’t be misleading. But it can be. You can have a big tear and little pain and a little tear and tremendous pain. Your level of pain is not an indicator that you MUST have surgery. So know this fact that was shared in a study. The pain is not the ‘telltale sign’ that you need surgery. But it is related to how your inflammatory response in your body is responding to the tear. In other words, the little tear can ‘scream’ really loud like a baby can. But it does not mean that the damage requires surgery. In truth, it is not out of the ordinary for a larger tear to have less pain. So what’s the moral of the story for MRI and levels of pain? Be careful not to rush to getting cut open.

 

2. Correlation is NOT always Causation For Rotator Cuff Surgery.

Right now you’re probably thinking… WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?!

Stay with me and it will make sense.

 We are all trained to go to the doctor and they will do what’s best for us. We never consider that the more a doctor ‘treats’ you then the more money they make- right?

Let’s be clear. We are working with doctors and we are obviously very pro doctor. But we are also very pro surgery ONLY when it is truly needed. 

The thing is this. When you take a look at the research it sheds light on some information that deserves a closer look. It boils down to this. Surgery is not guaranteed. And a large number of shoulder surgery actually does not resolve the pain. 

But there is an oddity that occurs too often to ignore. Upon reviewing MRI’s of patients who said they had pain relief but the MRI shows the tear was not corrected. And there are patients who have MRI after surgery and say they have pain relief and the MRI shows the RC tear was corrected. 

So was it the surgery that caused the pain relief? Even though the damage still shows on the MRI? In other words, the surgery may or may not have caused the pain relief regardless of the surgery showed positive results on the MRI. 

So the pain relief may be correlated with the surgery, but according to several studies, the causation may not have been the surgery.

3) Stem Cell Therapy For Rotator Cuff Tears

 

Surgery is definitely a lifesaver in so many instances. But when it comes to rotator cuff tears you really want to do your due diligence because you have new options that did not exist a few short years ago.

A natural solution to consider for rotator cuff tears is regenerative medicine. Why? because it is safe and has been providing pain relief for a large number of people without the dangers of pain pills or the risks of surgery. Plus, there is no lengthy recovery time.

We’ve demonstrated very strongly here in this article that surgery is not guaranteed. We need to be overly clear that regenerative medicine is not guaranteed either. Yet, the results are compelling and the side effects are negligible when comparing to opioid addiction and the dangers of not making it out of the operating room. Plus, the complications of surgery that could linger for years or even for a lifetime.

Stop ‘shouldering the burden’ of pain. Get the truth about whether you’re a candidate.

We offer FREE MRI’s and now you know that just because you have intense pain, the studies show that it could be the way your body is responding to the inflammatory marker IL-8 (interleukin 8). And stem cells have powerful cytokines that may help offset this inflammation which means less pain.

So if you could get less pain, and the possibility of regenerating tendons and muscles which is what regenerative medicine is designed to do, then why risk surgery?

Get the truth and learn more about how you too may benefit from this treatment. Give us a call.

 

Tiffany Campbell
Tiffany Campbell

Tiffany Campbell has over 12 years in clinical research. She has been the Executive Director at a leading institute and worked at Indiana University, Regenstrief & Indiana Clinical Translational Sciences Institute. She's been an international consultant with multiple clients including Google. Tiffany is a behavioral economics geek who loves her family including her pet Pomsky 'Luna' who has a special place in her heart. She has a passion & drives to create & grow products and businesses that change peoples' lives for the better.
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