Understanding Shoulder Pain and How to Deal With It

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If you live a very active lifestyle, getting injuries such as shoulder pain is completely unavoidable. This injury is quite common to those who are physically active or to those who got involved in an accident. Sometimes, you may even injure your shoulder while performing your normal day-to-day activities. In order to reduce the risk of damaging your shoulders, you need to understand what causes shoulder-related pain and know what to do in case that you get one.

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What Causes Shoulder Pain?

 

There are three major bones that make up the shoulder – humerus, clavicle and scapula. These three bones work in harmony that allows us to move our arms in any way we want. But if these three bones get separated from one another, it will immediately cause a great deal of pain, discomfort, and inability to move or rotate the shoulder. This prevents us from functioning properly.

 

When getting treatment for shoulder problems, a doctor will conduct a thorough physical examination and complete investigation of your medical history. He will then assess the joint mobility and stability in your shoulder by feeling the tenderness of the muscles. An MRI or X-ray will be required to see the extent of damage inside your shoulders. After doing the necessary tests, only then will he be able to determine the right shoulder treatment for you.

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What Should I do If I Injured My Shoulder?

 

There are a number of ways to manage shoulder injuries that you can try at home. Some of them are the following:

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  • Use an ice pack. Ice will help you control the pain and limit the swelling. Do this for 10 to 20 minutes for about two to three times a day.

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  • Utilize an arm sling. A sling will support your shoulder and prevent it from moving. The doctor who will check your shoulder may even recommend you to continue using it.

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  • Elevate the shoulder. Keep your shoulder above your heart. You can do so by sitting down on a comfortable chair. This will help you minimize the swelling while allowing the blood to circulate properly.

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  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers. Pain medication will help you eliminate any kind of discomfort that comes from your shoulder-related injury.

 

But these are just first aid treatments that you can do at the onset of shoulder pain. Make sure you seek medical help in order to prevent further damage to the muscles and bones.