bluey2223 saidMy opinion on this is that unless you actually have a real injury and not tendonitis, you shouldn't be seeing a medical doctor and rather should be seeing a physical therapist or chiropractor. MDs only can do drugs and surgery as treatment. They are not trained in how the body works naturally like the previous two are (whether you go allopathic or alternative depending on the practitioner's expertise). Tendonitis is resolved naturally without drugs at all if you let it rest and do rotator cuff exercises in most cases, but MDs won't know this because 1) most of them don't exercise and 2) they don't make any money from that and 3) exercise physiology isn't their curriculum--they study pathophysiology. With musculoskeletal injuries, they aren't caused by a virus or bacteria. They were caused by you not doing something right and not listening to the queues your body tells you about.
Yes rest is important, but you need to figure out, probably with a qualified personal trainer (ie someone with an ATC, CSCS, master's degree), what the heck you are doing to it in the first place. Secondly, as we get older people overtrain because the body doesn't repair as fast as it did when we were 16. And of course, nutrition plays a role as well, but you can overtrain even with perfect nutrition. And just because you may think you're not overtraining, think about all the repetitive movements that require your shoulder on a daily basis. Maybe you're sleeping on it funny too. I'd spend my money on all these other allied health care providers because an MD, even an orthopedic, won't do what's in your best interest as a human being. They do surgical and drug manipulations with bones. These are last resort techniques...not for someone who wants to heal naturally. Tendonitis isn't a big deal requiring anti-inflammatory drugs and surgery.
I beg to differ from your perception.
I am an MD, an athlete, and a Sports Medicine Doctor, board certified (in case you care to ask).
First of all, doctors can't 'only do drugs and surgery as treatment', as there are multiple other options.
Second, you are presuming the person knows FOR SURE he has tendonitis (or tendinosis).
Physical therapists and chiropractors are invaluable, and in sports medicine we use them often. Now, I recently saw in my office a young athlete with 'tendonitis' that had gone to acupuncture, physical therapy and chiropractic evaluation and was treated for nearly 3-4 months. He was 'getting better with so called 'natural' remedies' and rest...while deconditioning fast.
Someone suggested he come see us, and thankfully he decided not to blind himself to medicine, which is as much science as the nutrition you recommend.
In the end that 'tendonitis' was a rhabdomyosarcoma (aggressive muscle cancer) identified with imaging and muscle biopsy, not by a physical therapist, chiropractor, or a gym trainer.
Granted, these tumors are not common, but they are just one example of what can be believed 'to be nothing'. Dismissing a discomfort as 'just a tendonitis that doesn't require medical evaluation' could be similar to leaving a sports car with a flat tire. When you need its optimum, it will go down.
Everyone in the health field has their value, and while your advice kinda sorta sends someone in the right direction it potentially skips important steps based on a skewed view. Yeah, there are some bad physicians out there (just like there are bad physical therapists, chiropractors, gym trainers, dietitians, even ice cream sellers), but if our experience with one was bad we shouldn't just send all others to the dumpster.
In Sports Medicine (talking from an insider's point of view, who doesn't just claim to understand the field), we tend to believe in teamwork (not drugs) in order to better assess and treat our patients, and you'd be surprised at the exercise, therapy and sports advice you could get from a Sports Physician.