In many cases we have helped patients avoid surgery. A few cases are worth recounting because of the extent of the proposed surgical intervention. On numerous occasions we have had patients scheduled for shoulder surgery. [...]
In one case, the patient was a general practitioner physician. In this case he was advised by two local orthopedists to have rotator cuff repair, biceps tendon tenodesis (detachment of the tendon and reattachment lower on the humerus), subacromial debridement (shaving of the underside of the acromion process to remove bone spurs, and a Mumford procedure (shaving of the end of the clavicle that meets the acromion process of the shoulder blade (the ac joint). When evaluated he was found with rounded posture, forward head, and the head of the humerus resting toward the front of the socket (glenoid fossa). His range of motion and strength were fairly poor and limited by pain which impaired his daily activities as a doctor and his recreation in Jujitsu. Treatment took place over eight 45 minute sessions and consisted of joint mobilizations to the glenohumeral joint (where the humerus meets the shoulder blade), the sc joint (where the clavicle meets the sternum), the ac joint, the upper thoracic spine and the first rib. Strengthening and retraining of the shoulder complex was performed during each visit and through his home exercise program. When treatments concluded two months after beginning (his schedule prevented consistent treatments), he had full, pain free range of motion and strength. He returned to Jujitsu and all other recreational activities without limitation. He cancelled surgery three weeks after we began treatment. We have done this with other regions and joints of the body as well including, knee, hip, back and neck.
Author: Mike And Tiffany
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