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Is There A Proven Treatment for Shoulder Pain?

Is There A Proven Treatment for Shoulder Pain?

A Brief Overview of Shoulder Pain Causes & Treatments 

Use of a pain killer can permit temporary eradication of shoulder pain. Still, such medication can not treat the condition that has caused the shoulder problem. Because few people like to be dependent on medication, patients with a shoulder injury often ask, “Is there a proven treatment for shoulder pain?”

 

  • Treatment for any damage to the shoulder must begin with a resting of the shoulder joint.
  • If the patient suffers from inflammation of the cuff joint then treatment should include the periodic placement of ice packs on the painful region of the shoulder. Exposure of the shoulder to ice reduces the size of the thickened (inflamed) rotator muscles. When those muscles return to their normal size, the bones and muscles of the shoulder joint have more room in which to function.  
  • In most cases, the application of ice packs, followed by the scheduling of a simple exercise routine, can restore the shoulder to a condition of health. For a problem patient, however, a visit to an orthopedic surgeon might be necessary. Such a visit usually allows treatment to include the acquisition of added information, surgery, exercises and total recovery.
  • It's important to understand understand that surgery is not the expected treatment for most shoulder problems. Most cuff injuries respond to early treatment (rest and ice, then exercise). Yet when a patient fails to seek treatment, then the tendons on the rotator cuff can separate from the bone. Surgery is the prescribed treatment for that condition.
  • There are other conditions that can cause shoulder pain. Stiffness of the shoulder joint leads to the condition known as “frozen shoulder.” Treatment for a frozen shoulder includes physical therapy and stretching.
  • Exercise can hasten recovery from a third cause of shoulder pain, arm arthritis. As a joint (a point where two bones meet), the shoulder contains elastic bands called ligaments. Some of those ligaments are attached to the bones of the upper arm. Inflammation of those ligaments can initiate the appearance of arthritis in the region of the shoulder joint.
  • Pain in the shoulder can result from an inflammation. The inflamed body region could be a tendon, or a ligament. Because physicians see such a large number of patients who complain about a sore shoulder, they have chosen to refer to any inflammation in the shoulder as an “impingement syndrome.”  Any patient who presents with an impingement syndrome has a shoulder joint with a reduced amount of free space. Inflamed tendons can swell; inflamed ligaments can swell. A swollen body part reduces the amount of space that is normally available to the surrounding body parts. That fact underscores the reason that physicians call for the application of ice, when treating a sore shoulder.