The Truths Behind Shoulder Pain

Symptoms and diagnosis for shoulder pain

By Neurosurgery Singapore

Shoulder Pain info

What is Shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain may arise from the shoulder joint itself. Additionally, it may come from any of the many surrounding muscles, ligaments or tendons. Therefore with shoulder pain that comes from the joint usually worsens with activities or movement of your arm or shoulder.

What are some causes related to shoulder pain?

Several factors and conditions can contribute to shoulder pain. Sometimes shoulder pain is the result of injury to another location in your body, usually the neck or biceps. This is known as referred pain. Referred pain generally doesn’t get worse when you move your shoulder.

Other causes of shoulder pain include:

  • arthristis
  • torn cartilage
  • torn rotator cuff
  • swollen bursa sacs or tendons
  • bone spurs (bony projections that develop along the edges of bones)
  • pinched nerve in the neck or shoulder
  • broken shoulder or arm bone
  • frozen shoulder
  • dislocated shoulder
  • injury due to overuse or repetitive use
  • spinal cord injury
  • heart attack

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What types of treatments?

Our Specialist can help to reduce pain and restore function. We recommend seeking professional help instead of self diagnosis in order to find out the exact problem and to allow early recovery.

Nonsurgical Treatment

Nonsurgical treatment may take several weeks to months, many patients experience a gradual improvement and return to function.

Rest. Our doctor may suggest rest and activity modification, such as avoiding overhead activities.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines. These specialize medicine reduce pain and swelling.

Physical therapy. Our physical therapist will initially focus on restoring normal motion to your shoulder. Additionally, once your pain is improving, our therapist can start you on a strengthening program for the rotator cuff muscles.

Injection. If rest, medications, and physical therapy do not relieve your pain, an injection may be helpful. 

Surgical Treatment

When nonsurgical treatment does not relieve pain, our surgeon may recommend surgery.

Things to take note if you have shoulder pain

Simple shoulder exercises can help stretch and strengthen muscles and rotator cuff tendon. Our physical therapist or occupational therapist can show you how to do them properly.

If you’ve had previous shoulder issues, use ice for 15 minutes after exercising to prevent future injuries.

Performing simple range-of-motion exercises every day can keep you from getting frozen shoulder.

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