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A Shoulder Specialist Starts Treatment with Accurate Diagnosis

An accurate diagnosis identifying the cause of your shoulder pain should be the shoulder specialist first priority. Successful treatment of shoulder pain really depends on identifying theshoulder specialist surgery cause of your shoulder pain-often there are several causes, not just one. A shoulder specialist can not only help provide an accurate diagnosis for your shoulder pain, but also offer innovative treatments to allow you to return to your regular routine as quickly as possible.

“Measure Twice, Cut Once” means make sure the diagnosis makes sense before jumping ahead to shoulder surgery. Get a second opinion with a highly experienced shoulder surgeon to confirm the diagnosis and decide on the best procedure for you. The results of even the most common surgeries vary widely -for instance, the failure rate for rotator cuff repair has been reported to be as high as 94%. Consumer Reports found the infection rate for a common procedure such as hip and knee replacement to be as high as 5-10% in its survey which is nearly 10 times higher than the best reported results. “The surgeon is the method”-so make sure you know your shoulder specialist track record and experience to have the best chance at an excellent result.

Vivek Agrawal, MD

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