Damage caused to shoulder joints, due to injuries or diseases, can result in restricted mobility and unbearable pain. Physicians typically start by suggesting non-surgical methods to treat the pain, such as exercise, herbal and dietary supplements, physical therapy, and oral medication. When these preliminary treatment options fail to give results, physicians may recommend shoulder replacement surgery. Although shoulder replacement surgeries have helped many patients many people are still reluctant to undergo the surgery usually due to several misconceptions about shoulder replacement surgery. The participating physicians with the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line perform various types of joint replacements including shoulder replacement. In this post we talk about four common myths about shoulder replacement surgery.

1. Only Patients Facing Severe Arthritis Problems Are Candidates for Shoulder Replacement

Although the surgery is most commonly done for osteoarthritis related problems, it can also be done for shoulder fractures, damaged or torn rotator cuffs, and congenital shoulder defects. If you or someone you know is experiencing recurring episodes of unbearable pain or limited mobility in the shoulder area, it is advisable to consult a doctor or orthopedic specialist.

2. Health Insurance Policies Don’t Cover the Surgery

This is not typically true, as many major health insurance policies, such as Medicaid, Medicare cover shoulder replacement surgery under their health insurance plans. If you are concerned about your health insurance policy covering the procedure, you do not have to worry, the surgeon’s staff verify your insurance coverage and help obtain the necessary authorizations needed before the surgery.

3. Only People 50 or Older are Eligible for the Surgery

Age has no role to play in determining if a patient is a candidate for shoulder replacement surgery. In fact, in past decade, there has been a sudden increase in younger patients undergoing shoulder replacement surgery. Orthopedic surgeons will review your medical history, perform a physical evaluation and order imaging studies to help identify whether or not you need to undergo shoulder replacement surgery.

4. You Lose Mobility of the Shoulder

Many times patients have better range of motion in the joint after surgery than they did after they injured the joint. Patients should, however, refrain from heavy lifting to prevent wear and tear on the treated area. Patient should always consult their surgeon prior to starting any exercise routine.

Way Forward

People experiencing unbearable pain and restricted mobility in the shoulder area should consult with an orthopaedic surgeon to determine the best treatment options for them. The participating physicians with Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center, Plano offer treatment options for a wide variety of shoulder conditions including shoulder replacement. Call us today to schedule an appointment with an experienced orthopaedic surgeon who can provide effective non-surgical and surgical treatment options for shoulder injuries. If you have any question, feel free to visit our website or simply call at 1-888-608-4762.

Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center.