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the accident was on 5/23/13 and MRI was done on 6/22/13. My orthopedic doctor said to go for PT right away so I would not lose ROM. But I asked her after two weeks of PT if it would be possible to get an MRI because the PT sessions were causing too much pain and no improvement in my ROM. Before this fall I have never had any problems with my right shoulder.
Ok. but I am a little confused with your response because my original orthopedic doctor saw the MRI results and said "I need to refer you to another orthopedic doctor that specializes in shoulder surgery" right away after seeing the results. Her specialty is hands. So why if the concervative way to go is the best course of action based on these impressions, would she tell me to see "a surgeon who specializes in shoulder surgery". She could have easily said "you need 6 months of PT therapy and cortisone shots". Now I am wondering that if this doctor tomorrow tells me I need surgery to correct the problem, he'd be rushing things and not taking the conservative approach. Very confused.
last reply (I promise). Are there cases with these impressions that need surgery? It sounds based on what you just said and based on my own research online that surgery is not the solution. The only reason I initiated the question to begin with is that I had a sharp stabbing pain that was made worse with PT and maybe I need to tell this doctor tomorrow that surgery is not the answer if the suggests that for me.
my issue is with the surgery. The moment you indicated that this type of impressions (injury) gets resolved with 6 months of PT and cortisone shots you sent me into a tailspin of doubt. I had already made arrangements for someone to come and take care of my kids and household for when my surgery was schedule and now I find out that I may not need surgery. I don't trust my previous orthopedic doctor for telling me this and for referring me to someone else when there was not need to. I am upset about that but it's not your fault per se, it's just that I now don't know what to do or who to believe.
the first orthopedic (did not know she was a surgeon to me she was just an orthopedic doctor) saw me examined me and told me to go to PT. I did that for 2 weeks and I went back to her and I asked if it I could have an MRI. She told insurance co.s don't want to pay for MRI without iniciating PT first. But she authorized it and I got an MRI on 6/22. When I went back to see her, she gave a whole of 5 minutes and immediately said I may need surgery but she did not specialize in shoulders. She referred me to a shoulder surgeon. So I got from that, that there was a need for surgery. She treats all kinds of people with orthopedic problems (broken bones, hand, arm injury, carpel tunnel), but she does not operate on shoulders. You understand my confusion. She did not even give a chance to ask her what the impressions meant, enter YOU..
No she did not tell me the surgeon tomorrow was going to say I have to have surgery. But she did say that based on my MRI report I would need surgery and that she does not specializies in shoulder surgery. I even kept asking her if my type of tear could heal on its own and she said no. (keep in mind she took 5 mins to diagnose this). I much rather not have surgery that would send my world upside down by not being able to use my right arm for a while. If it's true what you say, I'll take that, but now I don't know whether I NEED it or if a "surgeon" would just go ahead do it because they don't have time to really examine it. On the other hand if I need surgery I would not want to wait 6 months to deal with it.
I am sorry I lead you to believe I was unhappy with your efforts. It's not that. It's just that I was not sure at the end if you were an orthopedic doctor and maybe I had doubts about your determination, but I think you are right, I need a second opinion. I will let you know what happens after my appt. tomorrow. Thank you.