The Freshman Physio – Education and Exercise better than Cortisone.
No. If you have shoulder impingement, shoulder bursitis, knee meniscus issues or even back pain, surgery is not the answer. We have the evidence that shows 8-12 weeks of doing the right things (education) and exercise will give you the the best outcome. This also comes without the risks of infection, stiffness and scarring.
Secondly, surgery doesn’t fix the way you move or the strength of your structures. This is likely the reason you have the issue in the first place. If you’re not moving well and your muscles around a joint are weak, you are likely to get pain. Surgery doesn’t fix that and as the saying goes, “you can’t cut out pain”.
Lastly, another good rule to follow is this. Has your niggle or injury been a build up over time? or an acute injury like a ‘tear’ or a ‘pop’ from a fall, an injury or an accident. Most niggles and injuries that have built up over time respond really well to strength training. Think of a classic ‘grumpy shoulder’ that builds over time, rehab is required here not surgery or cortisone.
THE FINLAND STUDY: SURGERY VS PLACEBO FOR THE KNEE;