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Shoulder pain is considered as chronic when it has been present for longer than six months. Common conditions that can result in chronic shoulder pain include rotator cuff disorders, shoulder instability, adhesive capsulitis, and shoulder arthritis.

However, there are many chronic shoulder pain treatment ways which can help you.


Pain control is imperative to allow for the progression of chronic shoulder pain treatment. The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), short-term opiate medication or acetaminophen may help achieve this goal. There is no conclusive support for the use of NSAIDs over simple analgesia as chronic shoulder pain treatment. Therefore, the risks and benefits of each class should be considered before the use.

Activity modification

Activity modification is a simple chronic shoulder pain treatment with specific recommendations based upon the underlying diagnosis. Avoidance or reduction of overhead activity is the mainstay of treatment for rotator cuff pathology, glenohumeral osteoarthritis, and adhesive capsulitis. To avoid heavy loading of the shoulder can also help with the pain associated with glenohumeral osteoarthritis. Certain overhead activities can precipitate instability symptoms. Kayaking, bench pressing, and overhand throwing are particularly risky in patients with an unstable shoulder. Cross-body shoulder adduction, such as the motion performed in the golf swing or while weight lifting, should be limited or restricted in patients with acromioclavicular osteoarthritis because it can recreate acromioclavicular joint pain.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy encompasses a large range of chronic shoulder pain treatment. There are therapeutic modalities designed to alleviate pain directly (heat and ice, iontophoresis, hyperthermia, ultrasound), and strengthening and stretching exercises intended to relieve pain by improving overall shoulder function. The type and focus of physical therapy depends on the underlying cause. Little evidence exists for the use of therapeutic modalities alone. A recent review showed that strengthening and stretching provide improved short-term recovery and long-term function in patients with rotator cuff disease. The success of physical therapy is optimal when the underlying diagnosis is known and the patient actively participates in the rehabilitation process on a daily basis.


If patients have a poor response to initial chronic shoulder pain treatment for their shoulder disorders then corticosteroid injections combined with a local anesthetic can be administered. The injection needs to be directed toward the affected area, such as the sub acromial space, acromioclavicular joint, or glenohumeral joint.

Pain management institute has been helping people to cure acute and chronic long term pain to resume a normal life style. PMI has provided many treatments like stem cell therapy and many others.

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