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A 36-year-old member asked:

How do i know if my injury really warrants a shoulder arthroscopy?

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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Pain doesn't improve: A full thickness rotator cuff tear requires arthroscopic repair. Any other injury should be treated non-operative initially. Physical therapy, nsaid's and oral/injectable steroids are standard treatments. If these measures fail, shoulder arthroscopy is the next step. Make sure your orthopaedic surgeon is board certified.
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Depends: It really depends on the exact diagnosis and prognosis. If you have any hesitation regarding a recommendation we always recommend getting a second opinion with a shoulder specialist. Learn more here: http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/shoulder-specialist.Htm.

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