Shoulder pain is very common. Some causes of shoulder pain resolve within a few weeks without any treatment apart from simple medicines for pain relief. However, some causes of shoulder pain can last for a long time and your doctor will need to arrange further tests and treatment. You should see your doctor if the pain is severe, if it follows an injury or if it doesn’t get better after a few weeks.
Symptoms of shoulder pain includes pain deep in the shoulder joints, reduced movement, weakness of arm, sensations of tingling and burning pain.
Treatment of shoulder pain starts with conservative treatment such as physical therapy, chiropractic treatment and acupuncture. If symptoms persist, interventional pain management such as joint injection will be the next step. Shoulder surgery such as shoulder arthroscopy and shoulder replacement will be considered when patient has severe shoulder injuries.
Shoulder problems are common and are often caused by simple things like:
As you get older, normal age-related changes can cause your shoulder problem to flare-up now and again, often for no reason.
There are many treatments for shoulder pain:
If your pain persists, your doctor may suggest a corticosteroid injection. While it’s important to understand that all medications have side effects, for most people an injection to help reduce pain while you work to recover is well tolerated. The injection may be repeated once or twice, depending on your circumstances. Keeping a pain diary will help you track how effective it is, and if other forms of treatment are required.
In cases of frozen shoulder, a hydrodilatation may be suggested. This is an injection of fluid (saline and a steroid) into the joint. There is evidence to support this treatment for the relief of symptoms and improved range of motion. Physiotherapy in the days after treatment has been shown to provide further improvements.
Rotator Cuff Strengthening is so important to build strong shoulders. The shoulder is an extremely important joint and provides us with almost 360 degree movement in multiple directions. Without the available movement of the shoulder, we would have difficulty with basic everyday activities such as driving, washing our hair or hanging up the washing.