Acupuncture for Rotator Cuff Pain

At my Orthopedic Acupuncture & Dry Needling clinic in Tampa, FL, I treat rotator cuff shoulder shoulder pain every single day. I am usually able to help just about every kind of shoulder pain with the advanced techniques I use.

The most common issues Orthopedic Acupuncture & Trigger Point Dry Needling can help are:

  • Torn rotator cuff (supraspinatus tear)
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Impingement
  • Arthritis
  • SLAP tear

Got shoulder pain?

Have you been told you have a torn rotator cuff, or bursitis,  tendonitis, impingement, or arthritis? Those are all super common diagnosis an orthoipedic surgeon will give you… but you don’t have to just live with the pain, you don’t have to jump  straight to surgery & you don’t have to get rounds and rounds of damaging cortisone steroid injections.

Rotator cuff tears are common. It’s kind of a misleading name, usually it’s not a complete tear, it’s more just like a little fraying. 

There are actually a bunch of studies showing that if you do an MRI of someone over 40 years old there’s a high likelihood that they will show some fraying and tears in their rotator cuff tendons even if they don’t have pain.

So that means you can have a tear and not have pain.

You can have a tear and still have full function of your shoulder.

You can have a tear and still live your life and do whatever you want.

Should you get shoulder surgery for a rotator cuff tear? 

The short answer is NO, probably not. But so you don’t have to take my word for it, let me break it down with the research.

For most types of rotator cuff tears surgery is useless.  You might think that with about 40,000 shoulder rotator cuff tear repair surgeries performed in the United States each year, that there was solid medical evidence supporting that this type of shoulder surgery was effective. Here’s  a recent published review by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality looked at more than 150 published papers and concluded that there was no solid evidence that rotator cuff surgery benefited patients more than no surgery.

Want to be able to use your shoulder like you used to? Well according to this study, many patients never regain full range of motion after a shoulder rotator cuff tear surgery. This happens because after rotator cuff surgery you have to immobilize your arm for a reall long time. When that happens you basically turn into the tin man and get super stiff and lose any range of motion you had. 

So what do you do next?

Well the best place to start is with orthopedic acupuncture, which is what I (Dr. Josh Hanson in Tampa, FL) do. This type of acupuncture is WAYYYYYYYYYYYY different than what your normal acupuncturist can do. 

I use advanced orthopedic acupuncture procedures I have developed after years of studying and applying the best research from the world’s leaders in a number of different areas. It’s the most comprehensive, holistic, orthopedic approach available. 

The body is a single unit so you can’t treat a single joint as if it’s not attached to a body. 

You can’t just treat muscles and tendons. 

You can’t just treat inflammation.

You can’t just treat nerves.

You have to take into account all of the structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, fascia) and that the body has a nervous system that acts as a specialized glandular system to help us sense, feel, move, stabilize where we are in time & space and transmit data (pain/sensory information).

This comprehensive approach takes into account the biomechanical aspects (our joints/soft tissues like muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia), the neurological component & the metabolic component. 

So a specialized orthopedic acupuncture treatment will be comprehensive and address ALL of the potential issues that are causing your body to not be able to heal itself. 

Before you have rotator cuff surgery explore the option of orthopedic acupuncture.

As always, feel free to text or call my clinic at 813-534-0311 or email me directly at

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Dr. Josh Hanson, DACM

Dr. Josh Hanson specializes in treating chronic pain and providing fertility support. He has performed 40,000+ procedures over the last 10+ years. Dr. Hanson has a clinic in Tampa, FL where patients travel from all over Florida to receive cutting edge care.

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