The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body as it has a wide and versatile range of motion. When there is a problem with the shoulder, the free movement of the arm gets hampered. Pain in the shoulder may vary from mild to severe. The most common reasons for shoulder pain are poor posture or strain from over-exertion which may lead to dislocation, rotator cuff tear, frozen shoulder, tendonitis, etc. Shoulder pain can also be caused by injury, collar bone or upper arm fractures, pinched nerves, or underlying health issues such as arthritis or degenerative disorders.
Consult a doctor immediately if you think you might have a fracture. Delay can worsen the situation.
How can you manage and treat shoulder pain? Here are some things you can do to help:
- Give rest to the shoulder. Do not strain the joint for a day to give your muscles time to heal.
- An ice pack can help reduce inflammation, while a heat pack can help ease muscle pain.
- Over-the-counter medication such as paracetamol can also help with pain relief.
- In case of swelling, use an elastic bandage for compression.
- Acupuncture or massage can help relieve pain caused by stress or strain.
Depending on the severity and underlying cause of the shoulder pain, you may need other treatment. Your doctor will be able to advise you on the best shoulder pain treatment for you. Physiotherapy, cortico-steroid injections, or a shoulder sling to immobilize the shoulder could be recommended.
If you start experiencing shoulder pain for no apparent reason (injury, strain, etc.), or pain that radiates down your arm or to your jaw, COSULT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY AS IT MIGHT BE A SYMPTOM OF A HEART ATTACK OR IT CAN BE A CERVICOGENIC PAIN, SOME TIME PAIN IN SHOULDER REGION CAN BE MMIC AS A CERVICOGENIC PAIN.
Regular exercises can help keep your shoulder flexible. Swimming, cycling, aerobics, or other low-intensity exercises can help strengthen your shoulder with low risk of injury.
Health Care at Home provides physiotherapy services to help ease your shoulder pain. Contact us for more information.