Many of our patients ask all the time, “Do I need a shoulder MRI?” or “But what if I have a tear in my shoulder? Do I need surgery?”
Good news my friends! The research is solid in many of the major medical journals with these answers:
No, an MRI is not usually needed unless a patient has tried at least 6 weeks of Physical Therapy without improvement
Most shoulder MRI’s will show something (some sort of a tear) but that’s OK and totally normal, surgery is usually not needed. Most people have some sort of tear without pain.
The outcome for treating shoulder tears with (1) Physical Therapy only versus (2) Surgery + Physical Therapy is THE SAME most of the time (surgery is often not really needed!)
Many insurance companies are now requiring their patients to try Physical Therapy for at least 6 weeks BEFORE considering surgery, because the research shows PT is often just as effective if not more so
Here’s an additional reassuring article written by a Shoulder Orthopedic Surgeon discussing how most shoulder surgeries are not actually needed:
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Curious about how Physical Therapy + our many additional specialties working with stubborn/tight connective tissues can help your shoulder symptoms?
We offer FREE 30-min Discovery Consults with our Expert Physical Therapists where we can examine you, answer your questions and let you know what is likely causing your symptoms. This is a no-pressure visit where you get to gather more information about your options to move forward and take care of that stubborn/nagging stiff/tight/painful shoulder once and for all.
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