Shoulder pain is characterized by swollen tendons. There are several factors that can contribute to shoulder pain. The most prevalent cause is rotator cuff tendinitis.
Sometimes shoulder pain is caused due to injury to another location in your body, like the neck or biceps. This is known as referred pain. Referred pain generally doesn’t get worse when you move your shoulder.
Causes of shoulder pain include:
- torn cartilage
- torn rotator cuff
- swollen tendons
- bone spurs (bony projections that develop along the edges of bones)
- nerve pinching
- broken shoulder or arm bone
- frozen shoulder
- dislocated shoulder
- injury due to overuse or repetitive use
- spinal cord injury
- heart attack
Treatments available for shoulder pain
Following treatment methods are used to reduce shoulder pain:
Physiotherapy treatment works better for most of the shoulder problems. These techniques helps to improve your symptoms and help get your shoulder moving properly again.
Physiotherapy for shoulder pain varies based on whether the pain is short-term or long-term.
- Exercises to strengthen weakened muscles, change their co-ordination and improve function
- Advice on improving shoulder, neck and spine posture
- Exercises to ease or prevent stiffness
- Exercise to increase the range of joint movement
- Applying adhesive tape to the skin to reduce the strain on the tissues, and to help increase your awareness of the position of the shoulder and shoulder blade
- Manual treatments to the soft tissues and joints – such as massage and manipulation.
2. Occupational therapy
If shoulder pain is creating problem in daily activities, such as dressing, washing and driving, occupational therapy is recommended to reduce strain on your shoulder. The therapy helps you to regain your independence by showing you how to change your movements to help prevent pain continuing or returning.
3. Steroid injections
Steroid injections in joint can give quick relief from shoulder pain. It is given with local anaesthesia. The steroid injections can help to reduce inflammation and allows you to move your shoulder more comfortably.
It also helps to make your physiotherapy exercises easier, but you shouldn’t use your shoulder for anything too strenuous for the first two days after an injection.
Surgery is usually the last option. Most shoulder problems improve without surgery. But if any of the above techniques does not work, then surgery can be performed using keyhole techniques, which require a smaller incision and tend to reduce your recovery time.
Painex clinic offers highly specialized, interventional techniques for shoulder pain treatment. Our pain specialists are having years of experience in treating all chronic pain. They give personalised care to each patient. Call us on 08390442266