In a study published in the journal of Joint disorders and Orthopedic Sports Medicine, 26 players from the U.S. National Volleyball Team had an MRI done on their dominant shoulder. All of the players were pain free in the shoulder. This is what the MRI revealed:
So, what does that mean for you? Most of you are probably not elite-level volleyball players!
The big thing to learn from this is that, many times, the things that are blamed as the cause of a person's shoulder pain, are found in people without pain-even high functioning athletes! Knowing this, surgery to fix the "problem" should not be the first step in helping someone with shoulder pain. Most painful shoulder conditions can be treated conservatively with the appropriate short-term activity modification, treatment, and exercise.
So, don't be rushed into surgery and the long recovery that follows without pursuing all options to treat the shoulder conservatively. If you have questions, feel free to contact me.
Thanks for reading,