Chronic shoulder and arm pain can cause great discomfort and normal life dysfunction. Look at these suggestions and alleviate your pain in an instant!
Sometimes, when we feel pain in one part of our body it signifies that we’re actually suffering from a different issue rather than that one. For example, if your head aches, it might mean you’re about to get your period.
That’s why when you feel chronic shoulder and arm pain, something else might be happening with your body which doesn’t necessarily mean that your shoulder or arm are injured or damaged.
Here’s a list of things that cause chronic shoulder and arm pain:
- Osteoarthritis in the joints of the shoulder
- Unstable shoulder
- Rotator cuff disorder (tendinitis)
- Poor posture
- Acromioclavicular disorder of the joints
One of the worst and most common reasons why your shoulder and arm ache is tendinitis. This is a condition where your tendons are inflamed. The pain comes from the impingement syndrome; when the rotator cuff is stuck between the acromium and the humeral head.
However, arthritis is also very common reason for shoulder pain. Furthermore, injury in the spinal cord or nerve pinching in the neck are not an exception of reasons for arm and shoulder pain.
Anyway, the source of the pain is not always easy to be determined. But, once it becomes determined, it is easier to be treated. Usually, doctors look at your file, check family history of diseases or simply do an MRI or X-ray testing. In this way, they can precisely see the problem and discover the real source of pain.
In addition, doctors also do physical examination, asking you to lift your arm, move your shoulder and see how you react on those commands. Being entirely sincere with the answers can help both you and your doctor to proceed with treatment and eventually solve your problem.
Chronic shoulder and arm pain treatment
Treatment for shoulder and/or arm pain includes:
- First, being really careful and not lifting heavy stuff while you’re on treatment and after ;
- Massages on the critical area
- Cooling the area with ice for 15-20 minutes, 3-6 times a day
- Exercise therapy
- Being careful with posture while sitting and sleeping