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Shoulder Pain Pumps Can Do More Harm Than Good

Shoulder surgeries are common, but often cause pain, discomfort, and decreased mobility during the healing process. Doctors often give their patients oral medication, such as pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs, to manage the symptoms while they are recovering.

Some doctors, however, employ the use of shoulder pain pumps to ease discomfort. Use of these pumps require that small and flexible tubes, called intra-articular pain pump catheters, are inserted into the shoulder after surgery to deliver pain medication directly to the area. Although this may sound like a good idea in theory, problems can arise.

When Shoulder Pain Pumps Cause Problems

A few days after you were released from St. Luke’s, you knew something wasn’t right. You didn’t think, however, the problem was caused by something that was supposed to help: the pump. Pain pumps can potentially lead to the following problems:

  • Increased pain. A pain pump’s purpose is to stop pain. However, some patients report that their pain was increased after the surgery, and it is likely due to the catheter’s insertion depth. Patients are often spared pain when the catheter’s tip stops at soft tissue, but because the pump manufacturers allegedly wanted to expand the pump’s use, they also recommended the catheter’s placement directly in the shoulder joint in some cases, which many patients find excruciating.
  • Postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis. Shoulder pain pumps are thought to cause postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis (PAGCL) in many patients. This is a painful condition that results in a progressive loss of the cartilage in the shoulder joint. Reduced amounts of cartilage can cause extreme discomfort and reduced mobility, and is irreversible.

Is a Shoulder Pain Pump to Blame for Your Discomfort?

Shoulder pain and decreased mobility can affect your life emotionally, physically and financially. Along with doctor’s visits, additional surgery to improve the problem, and pain medication, you may also lose time at work because of the discomfort and problems with using your shoulder. 

Although taking legal action may not fix the problem completely, it can help you receive the justice you deserve. The attorneys of the Morton Law Offices may be able to help you receive the compensation you are entitled to. Connect with us today through our website to set up your free consultation and find out what we can do for you.