Questions. Do tears ever heal on their own or with acupuncture? Is it true that cortisone shots are damaging in the long run? Should I avoid heat packs or massage, both of which give me temporary relief, I don't want to cause further damage...Are anti inflammatories useful for healing BEYOND the minimal pain relief I get from them? Finally, is surgery always needed?
As I said, I want to be as educated as possible before speaking to my doctor, who is NOT an orthopedist. I suspect she will refer me on....
[This message edited by scaredyKat at 8:18 PM, January 28th (Tuesday)]
I torn my rotator cuff, worst pain ever, couldn't sleep, it hurt all the time, got some meds and wore a sling for 6 weeks. The pain stopped the minute the Dr. put my arm in the sling, I cried I was so happy, almost kissed him I was so happy.
[This message edited by imagoodwitch at 8:47 PM, January 28th (Tuesday)]
Don't keep dancing with the Devil and wonder why you are still in Hell.
It's all shits and giggles until someone giggles and shits.
I tore the labrum (cartridge) in my left shoulder in Oct. I used NSAIDS , ice, range of motion exercises, and pain meds. Wore a sling for two weeks then started PT. Did two months worth and I'm doing very well. If it had been my dominant arm I wouldn't have been satisfied but since it was my left I'm very pleased and avoiding surgery.