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

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Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Robert Coats II
Dr. Robert Coats II
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