like "shouldering responsibility" and "carrying the weight of the
world on your shoulders" are indicative of the burden our culture puts on
this part of the body.
this kind of cultural conditioning, it's not surprising that shoulder pain is
a widely experienced condition even by those who aren't dealing with (or lifting)
combination of several joints, tendons and muscles form the shoulder and give
it its flexibility. Unfortunately the shoulder's flexibility can, over time, produce
pain due to stress on muscles, ligaments and tendons.
pain can be triggered by injuries (like a dislocated shoulder) as well as everyday
strains like hunching over a garden weeding. Or, rarely, shoulder pain can be
a warning of a more serious problem like a tumor or neurological condition.
Degrees of Shoulder Pain
pain is generally diagnosed as acute or chronic. Acute shoulder pain is temporary
and strikes immediately, usually because of a sudden muscle strain. Chronic shoulder
pain is persistent and can linger indefinitely.
shoulder pain conditions overlap both classifications. In some cases, may be acute
at the time of injury but may progress into a chronic problem.
condition involves the tendons of the shoulder, those flexible, fibrous bands
of tissue that connect muscles to the bones. To be more precise, tendons transmit
the power of a muscle to move your bones.
shoulder pain occurs when tendons become irritated by tiny tears. Muscle movement
becomes painfully difficult when tendons become inflammed.
is the most common cause of tendonitis shoulder pain. Tendons which are called
upon to perform tasks they're not used to frequently become inflammed.
not surprising that many cases of tendonitis shoulder pain fall into the category
of "sports related injuries." Overly aggressive exercise programs are
also responsible for much tendonitis pain. Besides
repetitive movements found in sports, there are many activities in the workplace
that produce tendonitis shoulder pain.
Cuff Shoulder Pain
aging contributes to tendonitis shoulder pain as well. Tendons lose their elasticity
over the years and become more prone to injury. Most often, this injury is to
the group of muscles and tendons that provide the shoulder with its circular motion--the
source of bursitis shoulder pain is found in the hundreds of bursa located throughout
the body between hard bone and soft tissue like muscles, ligaments and tendons.
These small, slippery sacs reduce friction between these soft tissue and bone
when they're in motion.
if irritated through pressure or overuse, a bursa loses its smooth gliding properties
and makes joint movement difficult. The shoulder pain the inflamed bursa creates
is known as bursitis.
movement and extreme pressure can create bursitis shoulder pain. Prolonged movements
involved in manual labor or assembly line work create the type of repetitive motions
that inflame the shoulder joint's bursa.
shoulder pain is generally the result of an injury in the past which triggers
a breakdown in cartilage and subsequent swelling and stiffness. Besides pain,
arthritis can, overtime, damage the shoulder joint seriously enough to impair
Shoulder Pain Treatments
an early diagnosis, treatments can be started that not only provide pain relief
and management, but help slow the progression of shoulder problems. The most frequently
used shoulder treatments are surgery, medicine and alternative therapies.
medicine and physical therapy fail to bring relief, surgery is often thought as
a last resort for shoulder pain management. However, there are limits to what
surgery can accomplish. It can't undo damage from wear and aging. And it also
Pain Management and Relief Medications
treatments for shoulder pain range from over-the-counter medicines like aspirin
to prescription drugs. Pain relievers like acetaminophen may be helpful to osteo
shoulder pain sufferers since their condition involves little inflammation.
people with arthritis shoulder pain, NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs),
which include ibuprofen, aspirin and newer drugs like are helpful. NSAIDs with
COX-2 specific inhibitors that block an enzyme known to cause an inflammatory
response are often prescribed by medical doctors for shoulder pain management
and relief. However these drugs carry with them the risk of side effects like
heart disease, digestive disorders, ulcers and liver damage.
shoulder pain sufferers who don't respond to NSAIDs are often given DMARDs, disease-modifying
antirheumatic drugs. These drugs are believed to correct immune system deficiencies
contributing to arthritis shoulder. They include Arava and methotrexate, hydroxychloroquine,
penicillamine, and gold injections, all of which may cause side effects if not
Another, newer class of drugs known as biological response modifiers, reduce arthritis
shoulder pain by blocking an immune system protein involved in an inflammatory
immune system response.
disadvantage of using medications for shoulder pain relief and management is the
risk of addiction over an extended period. Medications can't cure degenerative
shoulder pain, they're prescribed for the management of its inflammation and pain.
Natural Pain Management and Alternative Medicine Doctors
alternative medicine professionals offer shoulder pain sufferers the option of
natural pain management and relief therapies without the risks of surgical and
pharmaceutical approaches. Their methods of treating shoulder pain ranging from
whiplash to osteoarthritis are more conservative than the medical establishment's
and often just as effective if not more so.
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