by Dr. Michael Baranov, PT, August 11, 2015
Attention Shoulder Pain Patients
Does this sound like you? Out of the blue, it strikes you. Sharp, acute pain in your shoulder, a few days or a month ago there had been a small dull ache, but nothing like this. Nothing has changed in your daily routine to create this terrible sensation. No weekend ball playing, or slip and falls, or vigorous exercise, so how did this happen and why won’t it get better. You can’t put it off and want to see a top shoulder specialist in Flatbush. Read on and we will share with you why we are the best first choice.
The three most common types of shoulder ailments are:
Shoulder Bursitis, this is the fluid filled bursa sac which resides in your shoulder to allow smooth movement, and has become pinched.
Biceps Tendonitis, is when the tendons get pinched by the bones or ligaments connecting the collar bone and shoulder blade.
Rotator Cuff Tendonitis occurs when the rotator cuff muscles which attach the arm to the body get pinched or torn.
All are painful, and all can be effectively treated by a physical therapist, that may include therapeutic exercises. Your response may be, “Exercise, are you kidding me”? We understand but the fact is that physical therapy is the best first choice for shoulder pain in most cases. The clinical research proves that physical therapy is as effective as surgery. Consider this information from the American Physical Therapy Association:
A recent study from Finland asserts that when it comes to treatment of nontraumatic rotator cuff tears, physical therapy alone produces results equal to those produced by arthroscopic surgery and open surgical repair. According to the study’s authors, follow-ups of 167 shoulders treated show that “conservative treatment should be considered as the primary treatment for this condition.
Physical Therapy Is NOT the Answer for All Shoulder Pain…Just the Best, First Choice
Common sense, and good medical practice should include a recommendation of conservative care before aggressive care. Treatments that are cheaper (like physical therapy), should be considered before more expensive treatments like surgery. Treatments that have little or no side effects should be prescribed first before treatments that have serious or even fatal side effects. That’s why you should see a physical therapist at MBF Rehab first. However…physical therapy isn’t the cure for all patients with shoulder problems. After 4-6 visits, you should experience some improvement. If not, we will refer you on to a medical doctors.
So, If You Have Shoulder Pain…
This is when you should see a shoulder specialist in Flatbush that is a physical therapist. The experts at MBF Rehabilitation are here to help you get your life back so you don’t have to tolerate the constant pain of day-to-day movement.
MBF Rehabilitation has two locations, one in Brooklyn (Flatbush) and one in Fresh Meadows. Both are staffed with professionals who want to help you get through this and move on.
Please contact us, to allow us to help minimize your pain and get you back to feeling good. You will be glad you did.