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Ask Dr. Van Thiel: Am I a Shoulder Surgery Candidate?

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Ask Dr. Van Thiel: Am I a Shoulder Surgery Candidate?

Shoulder pain can occur from a range of causes, such as overuse of the shoulder, an injury, tendon tears or even poor posture in the shoulders. With decades of experience healing patients with shoulder pain, Dr. Van Thiel can recommend who the right type of candidate may be for shoulder surgery.

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Try These Shoulder Pain Treatments Before Surgery

Before seriously considering any type of surgery, it is Dr. Van Thiel’s recommendation that one tries other treatment methods beforehand. A few treatments for shoulder pain that can be helpful include:

  • Anti Inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Shoulder injection

Who is a Candidate for Shoulder Surgery?

If you are someone who has previously tried the above treatments without improvement in pain, you would be a candidate for shoulder surgery. Also, patients with a significant injury, which causes noticeable weakness or a lack of movement and mobility are good candidates for shoulder surgery as well.

Contact an orthopedic specialist for a consultation if this is the case.

What are the Types of Shoulder Surgery?

There are multiple types of shoulder surgery, depending on where the pain or injury is in the shoulder. Dive deeper into the types of surgery below, to see if one may be a good step forward for your case to discuss with your doctor:

What are the Benefits of Shoulder Surgery?

If surgery is deemed necessary, the benefits for patients with shoulder pain can be life-changing. These benefits include:

  • Pain relief
  • Increased mobility of the shoulder joint and arm
  • Better athletic performance
  • Improved quality of life

Trust the Experience of Dr. Van Thiel for your Shoulder Surgery & Treatment Advice

If you have been experiencing shoulder pain of any kind for more than a few weeks, it is important to contact an orthopedic specialist to help you decide what the next best step to health is for you to take.

Make an appointment with Dr. Van Thiel today, or call our offices for more information.

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