Shoulder pain is a common condition that can lead to significant discomfort in the shoulder area. It is usually caused by inflammation and irritation in the shoulder joint resulting from a variety of things, such as injury, repetitive use of the arm, or poor posture.

Common symptoms

  • Pain at the front of the shoulder
  • Pain deep inside the shoulder
  • Dull ache or a deep burning sensation when moving the arm up or down
  • Pain in the shoulders when making arm movements
  • Sensitivity in shoulder area

Common treatment options

  • Home care: Resting shoulders allows the inflammation to go down. Ice packs and heat pads can also be used to reduce pain and inflammation and relax the muscles, respectively.
  • Physical therapy: Helps with many shoulder-related problems, including rotator cuff tears, tennis or golfer’s elbow, and frozen shoulder. Therapists use various techniques to help relieve pain and improve function of the joint.
  • Acupuncture: Stimulate shoulder joints and then manipulate them to release the pressure in your body and ease muscle tension from shoulders.
  • Surgery: Prolonged, untreated shoulder pain is more likely to be treated through surgery.

Frequently asked questions

How to know if shoulder pain is a minor injury or something severe?

Mild shoulder pain or discomfort may be manageable. If the pain worsens or you have swelling, redness, or bruising, see a doctor.

What can I do to prevent shoulder pain?

Stretching your arms and shoulders before and after workouts, using good posture when lifting, and moving your head with your body can prevent inflammation and pain.

How can I relieve or reduce my shoulder pain?

Physiotherapy can relieve shoulder stiffness, spasms, and pain. Yoga, stretching, and Epsom salt baths can also help.

How long does it take for the shoulder pain to go away?

Untreated shoulder pain can last six months. Acute shoulder pain from overuse or injury usually heals in a few weeks. Shoulder healing takes longer if you delay treatment.

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