A few months ago, a Michigan woman was so desperate with the shoulder pain she was suffering from at night that she actually took a gun and shot herself in the shoulder in an effort to get some more intense care for her shoulder. Of course, Michigan=s economy is hurting, this woman was out of work and out of insurance, and she had been long suffering from shoulder pain. Chronic pain is obviously miserable. Chronic shoulder pain can alter your judgment just like all pain can. Shoulder pain, just like all pain, can cause you to be depressed. This woman felt powerless, and while this is an extreme example of what happens to people when they are long suffering from shoulder pain, neck pain, or any pain, it is rather incredible.
This situation also speaks a little bit about the inaccessibility of care. I would argue that even if she had care available, this problem tends to go on and on and on and on. Shoulder pain, the research will tell you, tends to be a continuing problem. Some of the other recent research that has come out that I have found interesting is that a good daily exercise routine is just as good as surgery one year out from the surgery. This finding has been actually in a few large studies regarding shoulder pain. Orthopedic medicine is interesting, as the best research comes from the Scandinavian countries, as they are basically more organized. In any case, there have been two fairly recent studies suggesting that exercise is as good as surgery for rotator cuff small and medium-size tears.
Getting back to this poor woman who shot herself, it turns out that fortunately she missed the major structures. Permanent damage was not done. She was sent home in a sling, given some antibiotics and some pain medicine, and sad to say there is not a program to help out with her shoulder. We have tried to reach out to her, trying to help her with her shoulder pain, as we think we have a really elegant solution, but we have not been successful yet. If anyone knows this woman from, I believe, southwestern lower Michigan, please have her contact us. I have blogged before about how chronic pain can affect the way you think, can affect your brain chemistry, and as someone gets more and more exposure to pain, the less able they are to deal with it. You would think that maybe it would increase their pain threshold, but that is unfortunately not the case.
When it comes to shoulder pain, anyone who has read my blog before knows that our research and my belief based on that research and experience is that it is such a problem because people are injuring their shoulders at night, causing nighttime shoulder pain, causing daytime shoulder pain, impairing shoulder range of motion, and causing swelling and inflammation. The key is to, in addition to strengthening the shoulder during the day, the key is to stop the cycle of injury at night. Our research has shown a clear and effective way to do this. We are marketing our system under the name Rotator Reliever, and we encourage people to check out this guaranteed approach to shoulder pain. There is no money risk, and all they have to gain is a pain-free and fully functional shoulder.