Staying Open-Minded About Your Healthcare

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I didn't know what I was going to do. After the devastation subsided, I decided to take a very standard, western approach to my healing. Although initial efforts were successful, my cancer recurred a few months later. I endured many additional months of treatment before I started focusing on myself. I decided it was time to incorporate complimentary alternative treatments into my healing regimen, including massage therapy. I can't even begin to tell you how much it changed my life. My healing became a process, instead of something I simply had to endure. I hope that the articles on my website can inspire you to stay open-minded about your own healthcare.

Injured Your Shoulder? Signs You May Need Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair

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If you suffered a shoulder injury but you think it's a minor problem, you might be avoiding the doctor. If that's the case, you need to rethink that decision. Avoiding the doctor is the worst thing you can do after a shoulder injury. You might have suffered an injury to the rotator cuff without realizing it. Unfortunately, surgery is often the only treatment option for a damaged rotator cuff. If you're experiencing any of the symptoms described below since injuring your shoulder, consult with a doctor right away. It might be time for rotator cuff repair.  

You've Got Weakness in Your Arm

It's not uncommon to have some weakness in your shoulder after an injury. But, it's another thing altogether if you have weakness throughout your arm. If you've been experiencing arm weakness since you injured your shoulder, you need to speak to a doctor right away. The weakness could be the result of a rotator cuff injury. If that's the case, the weakness will continue until you have the injury treated by a physician. You'll need to talk to your doctor about arthroscopic repair for the damage to your rotator cuff. 

You've Got Pain Without Motion

If you've suffered a minor injury to your shoulder, you might have some pain when you move the affected shoulder. That's to be expected. In most cases, you'll be able to resolve that type of injury with rest and over-the-counter pain medication. But, if your shoulder is causing severe pain, even when you don't move it, you need to speak to a doctor as soon as possible. You shouldn't be experiencing pain when your shoulder is at rest. This type of continuous pain might require arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. 

You're Unable to Lift Anything

If it's been more than a week since you suffered the shoulder injury, and you're still unable to lift anything with the affected arm, it might be time to talk to your doctor about surgery. If your rotator cuff has sustained a serious injury, the damage might require arthroscopic repair. Once you've healed from the procedure, you should be able to return to normal lifting. 

You're Unable to Work

If you've been out of work since you injured your shoulder, or you're unable to carry out your normal work duties, schedule an appointment with a physician right away. Minor shoulder injuries shouldn't prevent you from working, especially if you've given your body plenty of time to heal. Shoulder injuries that prevent you from working may require arthroscopic repair, especially if they involve the rotator cuff.


26 March 2021