For many residence of the Atlanta metropolitan area who are experiencing shoulder pain, pain pumps can offer a feeling of comfort. However, the apparatus can also cause serious and permanent injury. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the use of pain pumps might be linked to Postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis (PAGCL).
In the Auburn Citizen, Dr. Dale Buchberger, noted how amazing the shoulder is due large impart to its complexity. According to Dr. Buchberger, the shoulder needs to be stiff enough to stay together and loose enough to work correctly. And he also noted that this equilibrium poses trouble not only for people who are involved in “shoulder dominant” sports, but also the public as a whole.
Various injuries can intensify the usual pain an older person may experience. For example, a dislocation can occur when someone falls while his/her arm is extended. Dislocation means that the ball has come out of its socket. This kind of injury creates a larger risk to the elderly population as the bone or cartilage can fracture or tear.
Studies and an FDA alert have recognized pain pumps as the probable cause of joint pain and serious cartilage damage. PAGCL is an overwhelming condition that causes intense pain and the need for continuous medication. Damage caused by pain pumps involves multiple surgeries, as well as shoulder replacement surgery.
The FDA never approved anesthetic pain pumps for use in the shoulder. And the FDA now calls for pump manufacturers to caution doctors and patients about the possibility for serious joint impairment as a result of using pain pumps.