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I have had constant throbbing pain in my right shoulder that shoots down my arm for almost 2 years. I am young and active and not being able to use my right arm for everyday tasks such as brushing teeth, washing hair, getting dressed, carrying purse etc. and not being able to do workouts with arm has been beyond frustrating, not to mention the pain is unbearable, ecspecially when I sleep.
I have done 4 months of PT, ice, rest, ibuprofen. PT and Doctor suggested an MRI and Arthogram. Here are results:
mild tendinosis and low grade interstitial tear of infraspinatus- rotator cuff
extensive tear throughout superior labrum, extends into postersuperior and posterior labram. additional tear of anterinferior labrum from 3:00-6:00
The first Ortho who specialized in spine said he thought I would need surgery as did 2 PT's but the shoulder ortho completly dismissed the labral tears, he wouldn't even discuss those, he focused on the small rotator cuff tear and said he believes that is where my pain is coming from. He wants me to do 4 more weeks of PT and gave a steroid shot.
Does this sound right to anyone? Anyone else have a diagnosis like this? I respect the conservative approach but am concerned at the dismissal of the labral tears and just want my arm back and for this pain to stop.
Any real life advice on helping me understand what these results mean would be much appreciated!
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