It won’t be wrong to say that shoulder pain can annoy anyone as it makes it difficult to move hands and lift weight. Even, people suffering from extreme shoulder pain are unable to perform day-to-day activities. The cause for this condition could be a direct blow to the shoulder, falling from a height, or even traumatic injuries like accidents. In certain cases fracture may also be seen and if it is serious or a displaced one, surgery using Titanium Orthopedic Screws and Plates may be required. While in non-serious cases, the pain could be managed without surgery.
In this post, we are going to discuss some ways to manage shoulder pain where surgery is not needed.
Tips to Heal Shoulder Pain
Use of anti-inflammatory drugs and muscle relaxants
Muscle relaxants prescribed by the orthopedist may be helpful in relieving shoulder pain. Besides this, the consumption of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as suggested by the doctor may also work. Muscle relaxants are generally useful in relieving spasms and muscle tension around the shoulder joint.
Remember, continuous consumption of these drugs for a long time may cause other complications related to the heart, kidney, and abdomen. Thus, considering this, the doctor may never prescribe these medicines for a long period.
Heat therapy or cold compress
This technique is known to be very useful in reducing swelling and providing relief from the numb sharp pain. Cold compress using an ice pack or frozen gel pack is recommended for around 20 minutes multiple times a day. The time and frequency may vary depending upon the condition of the patient.
While on the other hand, if we talk about heat therapy then it is prescribed to relax muscles and relieve stiffness. For this, one can use heated gel packs.
Use of compression bandages
ACE bandage, shoulder wrap, or cold compression bandage may be used to reduce pain and swelling. These are the types of elastic medical bandages that are applied to the shoulder. One must know that correct application of such bandages is necessary as applying them too tightly could numb the area by blocking the blood flow.
Analgesics and ointments
For pain management, the doctors generally prescribe analgesics (pain management medication). Now, again, overuse of these medicines could also cause side effects like stomach-related issues and heartburn. Regular consumption of these drugs may also reduce their effectiveness in the person’s body.
To relieve pain and bring back the normal activity of the shoulder joint, exercise plays a vital role. Stretches and other shoulder exercises as suggested by the doctor could be very helpful in reducing the pain and increasing the range of motion of the shoulder joint.
Here, one thing that needs to be considered is to stop the exercise if the person feels pain. In such a case, it is advised to wait for some time before performing any other exercises.
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