What Causes Shoulder Pain?
The shoulder is a ball and socket joint with a large range of movement. Joints like these tend to be more liable to injury. Shoulder pain can result from one or more of these causes:
- Strains from overexertion
- Tendonitis from overuse
- Instability of the shoulder joint.
- Fractures of the collar bone or upper arm bone
- Frozen shoulder
- Pinched nerves (also called radiculopathy)
How is Shoulder Pain Treated?
Treatment of soft tissue neck and shoulder pain requires the use of anti-inflammatory medicines (such as Aleve or Motrin) and/or acetaminophen (Tylenol). Depending on the source of the pain, drugs like muscle relaxers and even antidepressants could help. Painful tissues can also benefit from applying moist heat or ice. Corticosteroid injections at the site of the pain are often useful for arthritis of the shoulder. For both neck and shoulder pains exercises involving movements may help. For those cases where nerve roots or the spinal cord are involved, surgery may be needed.
COMMON SHOULDER PAIN CONDITIONS:
Shoulder pain is a very common complaint, and there are many typical causes of the problem. It is vital to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms so that appropriate treatment can be applied. If you have shoulder pain, some common causes will be: