Shoulder Pain

Prevention

It is wise to keep a correct posture, and to see a physician regularly. The physician will determine if dietary supplements are needed in order to prevent or minimize any tendency toward osteoporosis. The patient should try to avoid traumatic injury to the arm or shoulder. Sometimes, in athletes this isn’t possible. For the average person, prevention means using good sense. Don’t routinely carry loads that are too heavy and cause the tendons or fibers in the muscles of the shoulder to become torn.

Treatment

Many doctors will begin treatment of shoulder pain with over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, Advil, Motrin, or Aleve. They may suggest applying cold packs to the area (or moist heat –if that works better) for about 20 minutes several times a day. The patient should refrain from moving the shoulder excessively and making the injury worse. Some physicians may suggest the patient see a physical therapist for specific exercises designed to improve their range of motion. More aggressive treatments for shoulder pain would be injection of steroidal drugs directly into the joint, or surgical correction of the problem.

Recent Debates and Developments

A controversial question is how long the physician should follow a conservative path of treatment before considering surgical intervention. It is thought that early surgical intervention is more appropriate in younger, more active people than in older patients.

More Information

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoulder_problem

Mayo Clinic: www.mayoclinic.com/health/shoulder-pain/MY00189

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