Carrie Jose

Dr Carrie Jose health and wellness column why is shoulder pain not going away

Statistics show that shoulder pain impacts approximately 15.4% of men and 24.9% of women. The prevalence of shoulder pain also tends to increase and become more severe as we age, especially for folks in their 50’s. 

There are many reasons why we get shoulder pain. It’s the most mobile joint in your body, making it more susceptible to injury. But why – for some – does it seem to just linger and not go away? 

The number one reason is misdiagnosis. Here are a few examples of what that looks like. 

Your MRI says you have a rotator cuff tear – so you get surgery – yet the pain comes back or doesn’t fully resolve like they told you it would. You’re told you have impingement syndrome – so you get arthroscopic decompression surgery – no success. Perhaps you’ve been told you have tendonitis in your shoulder and need a cortisone shot – followed by physical therapy. Nope, that didn’t work either. 

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