Handling Shoulder Pain


Shoulder is considered to be the body's most movable joint. However, it is the most unstable joint as well, owing to the range of motion that increases risk of joint injury and often leads to a degenerative process involving tissue break down. Know about the severe shoulder pain in detail, which can be of great help for better diagnosis.

The common cause behind shoulder pain is injury of the soft tissues, which include ligaments, muscles and tendons within the shoulder. This may occur due to whiplash or any other injury in the shoulder areas. There are countless number of causes that can lead to severe shoulder pain, which include broken collarbone and shoulder blade, bursitis, degenerative arthritis, rotator cuff injuries, tendinitis or sometimes even continuous maintenance of a wrong posture.

Two extremely painful shoulder injuries are:
* Dislocated shoulder
* Shoulder separation

Pain: There can be a stiffness or loss of motion's range in the shoulder, which can contribute to a feeling like you are being stabbed.

Weakness: It can be due to severe pain arising from movement of muscles or bones. It is necessary to distinguish between true weakness and inability to move, due to any pain or inflammation.

Numbness: You may feel a burning sensation or at times you may not feel any sensation at all.

Swelling: It may be generalized towards the whole arm or even be localized over any involved structures Muscle spasms. Discoloration or deformity can simulate swelling.

Deformity: A deformity can be caused due to any fracture or dislocation. The bony structures can be positioned abnormally due to certain ligament tears.

Medical care
Pain medications: The pain may take numerous days to settle if you use using acetaminophen either with any anti inflammatory medication which may include with or ibuprofen or naproxen or without them.

Immobilization: This may be accomplished possibly using a splint, cast, or sling. It is important to follow the doctor's instructions regarding various uses of the devices like splint or cast, particularly when to discontinue using them and begin movements in the area.

Self care: You can even treat minor injuries that cause slight pain, at home. Apply ice on the injured area every hour. Don't apply it directly, do it either by wrapping in a bag or towel. Let the injured area rest and then slowly exercise it after 2 to 3 days. This ensures fast recovery.

It's recommended to take rest and keep the injured area elevated which can otherwise not only worsen the injury but also prolong the symptoms.

The above mentioned treatments can be helpful in providing some relief from shoulder pain, but it is highly advisable to consult an orthopedist for detailed and proper diagnosis.