Another Large Shoulder Tendon Tear Avoids Surgery
28 Feb 2012 by Russell Visser
A 69-year-old male presented with a 6-month history of pain in his right shoulder . X-ray and ultrasound revealed glenohumeral joint degeneration, partial tear in the supraspinatus, full thickness tear of the subscapularis (both rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder), as well as other degenerative and inflammatory problems. His specialist had advised surgical intervention and told him that physiotherapy treatment was not going to make any difference.
Activities such as golf, driving, and even lifting his right arm increased his pain. He also had difficulty sleeping.
He had two cortisone injections to the shoulder. The first relieved pain for a few weeks,
After 3 sessions of
He is now able to drive and lift objects with his right shoulder without any discomfort, and he did not have to undergo surgery.
This is a great example of how muscle and joint tension and weakness can contribute to dysfunction in a particular area of the body. Correcting this dysfunction can lead to significant improvements in pain and function, despite what clinical investigations(and specialists!) may say. This also highlights the benefits of trialling Physiotherapy prior to having surgery.
Written by Helen Shih.