No, there's no other tests that I know of. MRIs look at the soft tissue and x-rays look at the bone. A scope is the last diagnostic tool they use, when they can actually look inside your shoulder.
Recovery from just a bone spur removal takes maybe a month if that. In my case I was out of the sling in a few days and just had to take it easy for another couple of weeks. If something is torn that needs to be repaired you could be looking at 6 weeks in a sling and 3 or more months recovery.
How long it takes to schedule a surgery is entirely dependent on how busy your surgeon is. With my current doc I could be in surgery in as little as a week. With a previous surgeon the wait time was almost 7 weeks. Some schedule surgery one day a week, others sometimes 2 or more. So that's a question only your surgeon can answer.View Thread
See another doctor if you can. I know it's hard if you're going to the VA but you don't have that much pain and have nothing wrong. Gather all your records, x-rays and MRIs and take them somewhere else.
They've already done all the tests they need. Bone spurs can cause pain by irritating the surrounding tissue, The can do arthroscopic surgery and go in and grind away the spur plus clean up any torn bits. I've had it done several times on both shoulders. Not a big deal really depending on what other damage has been done.View Thread
What does the surgeon say about this? He is the one that should be helping you right now, not people on the internet that have no clue what was done and why. I would also assume there's a physical therapist involved.
I didn't mean to say an MRI wouldn't show if anything was torn, only that it won't show if your labrum is torn. You don't hear much about these particular injuries mainly because they can only be confirmed by surgery.Some doctors will assume a torn labrum if they don't have another explanation for pain, The first doctor I went to mainly does hip replacements. He just told me i had bursitis, did a cortisone injection, which didn't work, and sent me on my way. It wasn't until another doc sent me to yet another doc that did hip scopes that I finally got an answer. He did a scope, found the tear and a huge bone spur and fixed it all up. It worked great for about 3 years and now I have another bone spur and need another scope. But I'm more than willing to have that surgery every few years if it will hold of a replacement. It's a pretty easy surgery and I was walking fine within a couple weeks.View Thread
I'd be willing to bet that a lot of the people that have been told they have bursitis really have a torn labrum. They don't show up on MRIs so doctors just guess that it's bursitis. I had a doctor tell me that years ago when I first started having hip pain.Torn labrums can be fixed with arthroscopic surgery but most orthos don't do hip scopes so you have to find one that does. If your current doctor doesn't want to do surgery then don't waste your time. Search for an ortho doct that does arthroscopic hip surgery.View Thread
I've had both a partial knee replacement and a total. A partial is not less invasive. They still cut your leg wide open. A partial can only be done if only one compartment of your knee is bad. If you are bone on bone on both sides of the knee you need a total replacement. You also have to find a surgeon that is comfortable doing them. They can be trickier than a total.View Thread
I've never heard of Arcoxia.and I have no idea if it will help or not. I assume it's some kind of anti-inflammatory. That being said, what do you want? You went to the doctor, and he offered a treatment plan. What do you have to lose? If you take the pills and they don't work you go back in 10 days like he said. Then he'll either order more tests or send you to a specialist. If he's wrong about the diagnosis so what. Then you'll be that much closer to knowing what's wrong. You csn opt to not take the pills and keep the pain and still not know what's wrong.View Thread