One of the most mobile and active joints in the body is shoulder joint. It allows your arm to move sideways, up and down, forward and backward, or in a circular motion. Many of the activities you do daily are due to the range of motion that shoulder joints provide.
This is the reason why shoulder joints are also vulnerable to injury and other issues. For instance, you may injure your shoulder due to strenuous movement, sports or manual labor, or you may feel pain and swelling in the joint area due to diseases. Age also plays a huge factor. As you grow older, your joint degenerates which eventually limit the strength and mobility of your shoulder joints. But, as in other kinds of pain, there are medical interventions that you can count on.
Identifying the cause of the shoulder joint pain plays a vital role in eliminating the same. Some of the most common shoulder pain causes are rotator cuff tendinitis, injury, torn rotator cuff, torn cartilage, arthritis, frozen shoulder and dislocated shoulder. Part of the medical methods in eliminating shoulder joint pain is diagnosis. The doctor will conduct physical examination, medical test or history evaluation in order to properly diagnose the underlying cause of your shoulder pain.
Medical Methods for Shoulder Joint Pain
The treatment depends on the severity and cause of the pain. The common medical methods include occupational or physical therapy, medications, wearing an immobilizer, and in certain cases, surgery. If you undergo surgery, make sure that you follow the instructions of your pain specialist for your fast recovery. Some of the medications prescribed by doctors are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and anti-inflammatory drugs such as corticosteroids.
If the joint pain is minor and does not last long, the pain specialist may just ask you to rest and treat it at home. Applying cold packs on the shoulder for 15 to 20 minutes per session for three to four times a day helps reduce the pain and the swelling. For any of these treatments to work, it is important that you rest your shoulders for several days. Avoid any activity that might stress out or force your shoulder. In some cases, wearing elastic bandage for compression also helps.
When to Call for Help
Shoulder pain can be a sign of a heart attack if accompanied by other specific symptoms. If this happens to you, call for an emergency. Also, if the shoulder pain lasts long and keeps on getting worse, especially if it already limits your movement, immediately call or help. Arizona Pain and Spine Institute provide a combination of treatment for shoulder joint pain. As pain specialist, we are more than capable of eliminating your pain problem.
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