Shoulder pain seems to be a common problem for many and is often ignored as something that is not too serious. We think it may have been caused by lifting some heavy bags or sleeping in the wrong position and think it will go away by waving our arms in a circular motion.
Unfortunately, it is not as easy as it seems and will not magically be reduced unless you get medical intervention. Pain like this, even if it’s tolerable, shouldn’t grow.
Our shoulders are a combination of different joints with different tendons and muscles that allow for a wide range of motion in the arm. The shoulder joint is the most mobile in our bodies, said Dr. RA Purnachandra Tejaswi of Yashoda Hospitals in Hyderabad, told ETimes.
Shoulder pain can mean anything until you are diagnosed. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, there are mainly four causes for this: tendonitis (bursitis or tendonitis) or tendon tear, shoulder instability, arthritis and fracture (bone fracture).
According to Dr. Tejaswi, a stiff or painful feeling in the shoulder could mean you slept in the wrong position. But if the discomfort persists for an extended period of time and limits the range of motion, it could be due to any of the above causes.
He went on to talk about the inability to fully lift the arm, a condition known as frozen shoulder. According to the expert, it is often seen in people with a sedentary lifestyle. Furthermore, pain related to weakness in the arm may indicate an injury to the rotator cuff, a torn ligament, or the bones rubbing against the tissues of the joint. In this case, it becomes difficult to carry heavy items.
dr. Akhilesh Yadav, Senior Consultant Orthopedics & Joint Replacement at Max Hospital told the news portal that the best way to manage and cure this pain is early diagnosis and treatment. If left unattended for a long time, it can worsen and lead to long-term injuries. In case of chronic pain in the shoulder joint, it is recommended to seek medical help quickly.
Osteoarthritis (joint breakdown) and rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory joints) are a few other problems, in addition to those already mentioned, that can occur as a result of shoulder joint pain, according to Dr. Yadav. He added that the reasons for experiencing extreme pain could also be a ruptured tendon, sprain, dislocation, broken shoulder or arm bone.
Here are some of the exercises you can try to reduce the pain:
- Supine shoulder extension
- High Plank to Downward Dog
- Halter Y-Raise
- Dumbbell floor press
- kettlebell arm bar
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