Shoulder Pain: Causes and Treatments

The shoulder is complex set of bones and joints that come together to create a joint with a wide range of motion. This complex range of motion comes with a complex set of risks.

Shoulder pain can be due to any of the following:

  • Tendon inflammation or injury, due to exertion and overuse
  • Abnormality of bones or joints and dysfunction
  • Arthritis
  • Poor Posture
  • Trauma by fracture or dislocation
  • Muscle strain due to exertion or overuse
  • Degenerative disease
  • Pinched nerves
  • Tumors (rare)

Treatment Options for Shoulder Pain
If the problem is caused by minor injury or inflammation, treatments are often supportive while the minor injuries heal themselves.

Resting the shoulder, taking anti-inflammatory medications, and applying ice to the injury, are a few common options for minimizing pain.

Self-Treatment Options
Stretch. Stretching those shoulder blades, and keeping the them down and back, maintains the natural position of the shoulders, thus, properly aligned.

Exercise. Keeping the back muscles in between the shoulder blades (called Rhomboids) strong, will help to maintain the correct posture, holding the shoulder blades in their normal position. Rowing exercises are perfect for this.

Rest the shoulder. Give it a break by holding the elbow in a natural position at your side.

Use a supportive pillow. Many people prefer to sleep on their sides, and if a pillow is too thin, too much pressure goes on the shoulder, resulting in pain or discomfort. Ensure you have a thick, supportive pillow.

When home remedies are not effective, a patient should always seek medical advice.

A doctor will usually take a medical history and perform a thorough medical examination to determine the cause of the shoulder pain. Investigations including Xrays, ultrasounds or even an MRI are sometimes needed.

If you are unsure of what is cause or the best treatment option for your shoulder pain, or if your condition has not improved despite standard treatments and have been told to consider surgery,
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