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Know the cause and treatment for your chronic shoulder pain

Shoulder pain is caused by several reasons, symptoms may differ according to the pain caused

However, if your shoulder pain arises from any injury and is getting worse day by day with lesser chances of improvement you should immediately consult your clinician

Common causes

The common causes of your chronic shoulder pain may include;

  • frozen shoulder
  • A rotator cuff disorders
  • An acromioclavicular joint disorder
  • A rotator cuff tear
  • Shoulder instability and you are under 30 years old

These chronic shoulder pain treatment can be conducted by an Orthopaedic surgeon or a Rheumatologist

Chronic shoulder pain treatment alternatives

The alternatives to chronic shoulder pain treatment can be

  • Avoiding such activities that cause your shoulder pain worse
  • Treating it with ice packs
  • Using pain killers and anti inflammatory drugs
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery
  • Hydrodilitation

The above chronic shoulder pain treatments are discussed in detail with their risks and benefits below

 Avoiding activities that increase shoulder pain

You can avoid overhead arm movements  to avoid frozen shoulder this approach may lead to reduce chronic shoulder pain but may restrict your overall daily activities

Sling

A sling is a supportive bandage used in the case of shoulder injury or sprains in the upper shoulder its purpose is to hold the arm in a stable position with the shoulder,  treating with a sling may restrict day to day activities

Pain killers and anti inflammatory drugs

Are easily available without prescription can relieve pain and swelling,  but may be  harmful if you are experiencing high blood pressure, asthma

Physical therapy

Physiotherapy  includes techniques such as massage and physical exercises, it is very painful, especially in the case of frozen shoulder in the beginning, but improves flexibility and movement of the arm if performed under supervision can be more fruitful

Surgery for frozen shoulder

During this surgery scar tissue is removed from the shoulder to allow the joint to move freely. Surgery is the option if the pain does not last in six months. However the surgery brings high risks such as infections and recovery may take time, physical therapy is recommended after surgery.

Rotator cuff tears

This surgery can be helpful in treating damaged bones and torn tendons. Surgery can be a good option to prevent any shoulder bone dislocation. This surgery is done with a small incision and can be recovered with complete bed rest, risk of infections are involved and for several weeks wearing a sling is highly recommended

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The Reasons & the Treatment Options for Chronic Shoulder Pain!

Shoulder pain can happen to anyone, be it a housewife, a businessman, a typist or school/college going individual. It is a very common complaint and brings with it the irritation of not being able to perform the usual tasks smoothly. In case, you went through an accident a day or a week before, this means that there might be an injury in your shoulder due to which you are facing the pain. In such a situation, you should definitely pay a visit to a pain management specialist.

The reasons of Shoulder Pain

There are certain medical reasons because of which shoulder pain can occur. These are elaborated as under:

Heart Attack

Though the problem is said to be associated with the heart, it causes shoulder or neck pain which is altogether known as referred pain.

Bursitis

Known as a sac, the work of bursitis is to act as a cushion between the joints and the muscles. As a result of some injury due to an accident, the bursae can become swollen, stiff and painful.

Broken shoulder blade

An injury to this part of the body, is usually associated with some forceful trauma. Leading to a fractured bone such as the upper arm or the collarbone, this condition brings with it chronic shoulder pain.

Rotator Cuff Injuries

Shoulder pain can also be felt in the situation, when the tendons (rotator cuff is said to be a group of tendons) are injured while playing, lifting, throwing a ball or by performing some repetitive activity.

Tendonitis

These are supposed to connect the muscles with the bones. In the situation when stress is experienced in a shoulder the tendons swell following the chronic pain.

Whiplash Injury

In case of sudden acceleration or deceleration in a car accident, whiplash injury can occur that has a direct impact on the structures of the neck and the shoulder thus leading to chronic shoulder pain.

What are the treatment options?

In order to cure shoulder pain the treatment options include:

  • Pain killers
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Physiotherapy
  • Surgery
  • The use of ice packs
  • Avoiding the activities that can contribute towards chronic shoulder pain
  • Arthrographic distension

If you or any of your loved one is suffering from any other body pain, get a professional advice from Dr. Zaki Anwar by placing an appointment at (815) 464-7212). He is an expert anesthesiologist and certified Pain Management Specialist who has been practicing pain relief techniques for the past several years with effective results.

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Shoulder Pain? Check out the tips and Symptoms!!

A shoulder is said to be that part of the body which has a very wide and versatile range of motion. Now if this bone hurts, you will be frustrated as it will be like all your body would come under big trouble. This in turn would hamper your ability of moving freely wherever you want, thus making you feel chronic shoulder pain and discomfort.

The Cause Of Shoulder Pain

When the pain is persistent, even after following remedies, and you feel full stuck in one place because of the acute pain, then it is advised that you pay a visit to a pain management specialist and get the right treatment.

The causes of chronic shoulder pain are as below

  • The bones and joints abnormalities
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Muscle stress
  • Because of Poor posture
  • Trauma
  • Tumors

As a result of the uncontrollable pain the specialist will ask you the following questions as:

  • Is the pain in one shoulder or not?
  • Is the pain is sharp or it is a dull ache
  • Because of pain is it red, hot or swollen
  • Due to shoulder pain, are you awake at night?
  • What do you do that make you feel better and by what it worsens?
  • Does it hurt when you are moving?
  • Did the pain begin suddenly or was it because of some work you did?

The Tips That Can Be Opted Include

Icing

Ice should be applied on the shoulder for at least 15 to 20 minutes that will help in easing the chronic shoulder pain

Massage

Rub the painful spot back and forth for few minutes that will help in eliminating swelling and scar tissue formation. This technique is quite painful, as it involves rubbing the painful spot, but because of icing before and then massage after it will help ease the chronic shoulder pain.

Rebalance

It is said that the most known reason as to why a person is struck by shoulder pain is because of the joint become out of balance. The shoulder can be balance perfectly by stretching the front muscles and strengthening the back muscles.

If you or any of your loved one is suffering from shoulder pain or any other body pain, get a professional advice from Dr. Zaki Anwar by placing an appointment at (815) 464-7212). He is an expert anesthesiologist and certified Pain Management Specialist who has been practicing pain relief techniques for the past several years with effective results.

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Battling With Shoulder Pain at Work? Here Is How You Can Cope With It!!

At work there are certain problems that become hurdle in our attentive and enthusiastic performance. These include stress in whole body, uncontrollable pain, stiffness in the body etc. Shoulder is that part of the body comprising of several joints and connecting various tendons and muscles. Now you can imagine that if this part of the body gets stiff, a working woman or a man would be highly frustrated; unable to perform the tasks of his office the way he or she used to do with utmost fervour.

Here, some measures are elaborated, that if followed perfectly will help you avoid shoulder pain thereby maintaining the fitness at work.

Preventive Measures

Correct You Sitting Position/Posture

You should stay cautioned of the way you sit whole day as this will have greater impact in tiring your body. According to a renowned occupational therapist, when fatigue starts participating in your routinely work, you start slouching, that ultimately leads to a bad posture and thus stress in whole body.

When at your desk you must:

  • Keep your feet firmly on the ground or on a stable footress
  • Your thighs should be kept parallel to the ground
  • Keep the lower back part of your body straight and upright
  • Keep your elbows close to your body so that they remain supported
  • With your forearms, keep your wrists and hands in line
  • Try to keep your shoulders in a relaxed position in order to avoid shoulder pain

Reorganize Your Workspace

Taking care of some instructions while sitting at your desk working will prevent your body in landing in a painful condition.

While sitting take utmost care that your elbows should be levelled with the desk. In case it is high it can cause you fatigue and in such a case you must have an adjustable keyboard or have a different mouse tray. Your computer should be kept at an arm’s length from you. Your eye level should be perfectly positioned towards the screen such that you feel no uneasiness while working or concentrating.

How About a New Headset?

In case your job is all about talking all day on the phone, then prefer using a headset. In case you are uncomfortable in using a headset then at least try not cradling your phone in between your ear and your shoulder. Above all, a headset is recommended that will allow you to work properly without any pain in shoulder.

Take Regular Breaks

You must be a passionate person or a workaholic who loves doing his/her work, but at the same time you must not ignore your own self, instead take at least 30 minute break stretching out yourself, relaxing your eyes, neck your shoulders etc that will eventually relax your body and prevent you from acute shoulder pain.

If you or any of your loved one is suffering from shoulder pain or any other body pain, get a professional advice from Dr. Zaki Anwar by placing an appointment at (815) 464-7212). He is an expert anesthesiologist and certified Pain Management Specialist who has been practicing pain relief techniques for the past several years with effective results.

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What Causes Shoulder Pain? Some Conditions At A Glance!!

Shoulder; the part of the body, that brings robustness in a person and if the posture is maintained perfectly, then the appearance and personality of a person becomes highly appealing and confident. The shoulder joint is said to be as the largest and the most complex joint in the body. Just like a ball and a socket, it is formed where the upper arm bone fits into the shoulder blade.

It becomes very painful if your shoulder area or the joint itself is hit by something. This is because the shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body, allowing the shoulder to move forwards and backwards and the arm to move in circular motion. Hence, after any accident or a mishap, for a chronic shoulder pain, treatment is a must.

Contributing Factors of Shoulder Pain

There are a number of factors that become the reason of shoulder pain. Amongst many, one of the most common cause is rotator cuff tendinitis, which is described as the condition in which the tendons are inflamed. This specific condition pursues the effect on tendons and muscles that are responsible in bringing the shoulder in movement.

There are also cases when people who have met an accident, grab some painkillers on their way back home thinking that they would be fine in a day or two. But after some hours, they start feeling acute pain in their shoulder. This is known as referred pain, in which the pain is because of some other injury that occurred in a different part of the body.

Elaborating certain causes of Shoulder Pain

Some common causes that lead to chronic shoulder pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Pinched nerves
  • Broken shoulder bone
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Broken arm
  • Overuse of shoulder joint
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Slip and fall injury
  • Auto & work injury

Treatment Tips

If your shoulder pain is minor, felt after the hit of some heavy object or due to last night’s restless sleep when you slept in wrong posture, then you can opt some home remedies that will help in alleviating the chronic pain. These treatments include:

  • Using an ice bag or ice wrapped in a towel and applying it the area where the pain is felt.
  • Avoiding movements or lifting heavy objects, thereby giving the shoulder maximum rest
  • Using anti-inflammatory medications that will help in reducing pain and inflammation

Besides the aforementioned tips, if your shoulder is badly hurt, the bone is being exposed, it is bleeding or is swollen as a result of a severe accident, then it is about time then you pay a visit to a pain management specialist. For any queries regarding chronic shoulder pain treatment you may approach Dr. Zaki in Pain Management Institute by booking an appointment at +1-815-464-7212

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