Treating Shoulder Pain

Ethos Approach to Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is the #1 sports injury we see in our office. These patients have usually had shoulder issues for a long period of time and have exhausted their options for relief. They may have gotten some improvement here and there but they have mainly “learned to live with it.”

Our experience with shoulder pain has helped us develop a system that not only decreases shoulder pain but heals the injury, allowing our patients to return to CrossFit with a stronger, pain-free shoulder.

The graphic above helps illustrate the differences between two different approaches to shoulder pain. Although both get results they are not created equal.  Here are a few highlights:

Conventional Approach

  • 28 days until treatment is even started
  • 70 days until treatment is completed
  • Treatment may decrease pain but will not heal a tear (common in rotator cuff injuries)
  • Higher chance for re-injury
  • At least 18 visits to the doctor(s) and 1 trip to get an MRI
  • Can lead to surgery if PT is unsuccessful

Ethos Approach

  • Approximately 5 days before long-lasting therapy is started
  • Average of 2 weeks for 50% pain reduction
  • Average of 30 days to return to activity
  • Tear is also healed
  • Significantly decreased chance of re-injury
  • Approximately 4 visits including in-house imaging with ultrasound
  • 90.5% of patients return to full activity without pain while another 6% have an 80% decrease in pain