SHOULDER PAIN AND TREATMENT EDMONTON PHYSIOTHERAPY: REGENERATE PHYSIO CLINIC
Shoulder pain is a very common problem that can have a great impact on quality of life. This type of problem can effect lifting small objects and the strength and mobility of the shoulder joint. If you are suffering with stubborn shoulder pain, then take a look below to help you understand different types of shoulder pain. If you are looking for an expert to assess you shoulder then please check out our
WHY DO I HAVE SHOULDER PAIN?
The most common causes of shoulder pain are related to the rotator cuff. Injury or disease to this area can cause pain in the shoulder and can radiate down the arm, the mid back and up the neck.
Shoulder pain may come from injury and trauma. Sometimes, this type of pain happens with no injury and “all of a sudden.’
Contusion, Injury, Trauma
Shoulder injuries can occur from trauma but they can also happen due to over use and weakened muscles. It is important to remember that this strength can improve with the right exercises at the right time. So don’t forget to check out our exercise protocol below!
Shoulder pain may arise from the shoulder joint, muscles, ligaments or tendons. Typically, this type of pain increases with movement of your arm or shoulder.
Shoulder pain in more rare circumstances may come from conditions of internal organs such as the heart, lungs, and gallbladder.
This type of pain is called referred pain.
Referred shoulder pain usually doesn’t increase when the shoulder is in motion.
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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WITH SHOULDER PAIN?
Remain calm. The majority of shoulder pain will improve and in some cases go away on its own. During the first few days of new shoulder pain, you can take it easy on the shoulder. Allow the shoulder to rest and avoid overhead movements and heavy lifting. If you notice that this rest is improving the pain then you can slowly start to use the arm with more overhead and heavier activities.
When should you seek medical attention:
Severe shoulder and chest pain
Shoulder pain that is constant and worsens at night
Difficultly sleeping or disrupting your quality of life
TOP THINGS TO HELP WITH SHOULDER PAIN
Generally, light exercise such as walking and strengthening is helpful. If shoulder strength is very painful, try strengthening other muscles and areas. Shoulder exercises should start with gentle arm rates, and low weights or resistance with minimal pain.
The body wants to heal as much as you do! Decreasing stress is important to improve cellular healing. Make sure to take good rest, eat healthy, and make your self care a priority during your recovery.
HEAT AND ICE
Explore heat and ice to determine which is better for helping your pain. During acute pain try ice to control inflammation. After 14 days, you can try heat to increase blood flow before exercises or while resting.
Learn how to get relief and get a proper diagnosis! Typically, our physio is able to diagnose over the phone and provide information to get you feeling better right away. Take the guessing out of it and give us a call!