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1. Whom should I consult if I have shoulder pain?
A general practitioner can be consulted for mild to moderate shoulder pain. If the pain is severe or has not improved after any initial treatment, it is recommended to consult an orthopaedic.
2. Can physical therapy treat shoulder pain?
Physical therapy can be used or treat various types of shoulder pain. Physical therapy involves exercises that help strengthen the shoulder muscles, thus reducing pain and inflammation.
3. Is Ayurvedic treatment available for shoulder pain?
Various ayurvedic remedies, such as the application of warm sesame oil or coconut oil that has been mixed with camphor, can be used for shoulder pain. Sometimes, a warm compress may be used to relieve pain.
4. Can I exercise when I have shoulder pain?
In most cases, it is advisable to rest until the pain subsides. However, exercises that do not involve the movement of the shoulder muscles or cause any strain to them can be performed. Exercises and yoga asanas that can help strengthen shoulder muscles may be performed under the supervision of a physiotherapist.
5. Can shoulder pain lead to serious complications?
Complications associated with shoulder pain commonly include nerve palsies, chronic pain and inflammation and impingement syndrome, which is caused by inflammation due to repetitive movements, pressure on the nerve, rotator cuff tendinitis and other complications.
Pain or discomfort that arises from the shoulder joint or from any surrounding ligaments, tendons, or muscles is called shoulder pain. Pain arises from another structure other than the shoulder is called referred pain. It becomes a persistent problem due to the natural wear and tear of the shoulder joint and rotator cuff tendon in older people. In most of the cases, shoulder pain can be treated at home. Physical therapy medications and surgery can be other necessary options to treat shoulder pain
There are several factors and conditions that cause shoulder pain. Following are a few of the causes of shoulder pain:
Following are few of the signs of shoulder pain:
If an individual is experiencing any of the following signs then he/she should consult the doctors.
If shoulder pain is not related to any injury then it may be a sign of heart attack. Other signs of heart attack associated with shoulder pain are:
Following are a few tests to diagnose the cause of the shoulder pain. With the help of the imaging tests, detailed pictures are produced so that doctors can easily identify the cause of shoulder pain.
There are many treatment options available based on the severity and cause of the condition. Some of the treatment options for shoulder pain are:
Surgery may be required in the following conditions:
Most of the shoulder problems get treated through physiotherapy. Physiotherapists help to reduce shoulder pain and improve its function by various stretching and strengthening exercises, and other techniques. Some of the methods used in physiotherapy are: