NEW!! SIRVA Doctors

Nearly every person who has responded to the SIRVA Survey has reported seeing a doctor or health care professional who had never heard of SIRVA, and/or was skeptical about whether it exists. In my experience, I have found about half of the doctors I’ve seen to be knowledgeable about SIRVA and the other half completely unaware.

HELP US FILL IN THE MAP!! Have you seen a doctor about SIRVA and had a good experience (found them knowledgeable, compassionate, helpful)? Let us know in the comments, so other people can seek out good doctors near them. I’ll add your positive reviews to the map. Negative reviews of doctors will stay in the comments as a warning to others to stay away!


(Warning: I’m using a free map widget here, so it may not be super functional. Hover over a marker to see a basic description of the doctor or click on the marker to be taken to their webpage/contact info.)

DISCLAIMER: I have not personally seen most of the doctors listed on this map. Some of them are listed because they are authors or co-authors on papers about SIRVA, so I assume they’re familiar with it, but make no promises about how good they are. If you see one of them and think they’re terrible, leave a comment and I will remove them from the map.

5 thoughts on “NEW!! SIRVA Doctors”

  1. I have seen one GP and one orthopaedic doctor about SIRVA. Both denied its existence. The orthopaedic insists it is arthritis…..
    Any suggestions.

  2. I’m sorry, Anita, that is such a hard experience. The best success I had was by having a few medical journal articles with me for my appointments. Depending on the doctor’s personality, it’s not always easy to get them to even look at the papers, but in at least one case with an orthopedist who did not believe in its existence, by the end of my visit he had turned around 180 degrees. I described those experiences here:

    I know it’s not easy to keep looking for a new doctor, but you might try another orthopedist and try the technique of printing out and bringing those papers (I recommend which ones to take on that link above). If that’s not an option or you don’t want to start over, and you return to the one who thinks it’s arthritis, you can try again with the papers, but in any case I would definitely recommend insisting on an MRI. If he/she is convinced it’s arthritis, they may not be willing, but in that case I would DEFINITELY find a new one who will order an MRI. I don’t know enough about arthritis to know if it will be distinct from SIRVA-related damage on an MRI, and it’s no guarantee that a “smoking gun” for SIRVA will appear, but it is the gold standard for figuring out where the shot hit and what exactly was injured in the shoulder, which will guide treatment the best. Good luck and please keep me posted.

  3. Dr. Andrew Veitch an orthopedist in Albuquerque has heard of SIRVA and is a nice person and sympathetic. He seems very against surgery. Says the only thing to do is wait and let it resolve.

  4. Hi, can you share the paper written by Eric Strauss? I’m going to see him (thanks to this site!) and would like to read the paper but can’t find it.

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