Category Archives: Shoulder Pain Relief

BioFreeze Pain Relieving Gel

biofreeze pain relieving gel

Biofreeze pain relieving gel

I use [easyazon-link asin=”B0041CZJWW”]BioFreeze[/easyazon-link] gel every day with my patients. It can be very effective in providing localized relief from shoulder pain.

BioFreeze pain relieving gel is made by Performance Health and it is one of the best gels on the market for treating shoulder aches and pains, but do check first with your doctor before use to ensure that it is suitable for your condition.

What is BioFreeze gel?

[easyazon-link asin=”B002J9HBXE”]BioFreeze[/easyazon-link] penetrates deep in to the skin and works with muscles to relieve pain. BioFreeze gel is green in colour and has a pleasant menthol aroma. It is cold when it is squeezed out of the tube, but it is quickly absorbed into the skin and provides a warm sensation and provides pain relief.

[easyazon-link asin=”B002J9HBX4″]BioFreeze[/easyazon-link] gels do not stain like many other similar products. BioFreeze is non-greasy, easy to apply and works fast.

How to use BioFreeze gel

The gel should be applied very sparingly on to the affected area at first and then increase coverage if required.

Applying too much at first can cause discomfort.

How does Biofreeze gel work?

BioFreeze gel provides relief to patients by increasing the blood flow and warming up the region. For better absorption of BioFreeze gel should be massaged well into the affected areas.

Biofreeze gel makes use of a technique called cryotherapy. Cryotheraphy is a technique that creates a cooling sensation that is transmitted through the nerve endings to the brain.

Biofreeze gel can be difficult to find at the local drug store but is available online from Amazon.

Advantages of BioFreeze gel include:

• Effective pain relief

• Non-greasy

• Non-staining

• Fast acting

• Convenient

BioFreeze is available as a gel in a variety of sizes ranging from a 3 0z tube. BioFreeze is also available as a roll-on and  as a spray

Other uses of BioFreeze gel

BioFreeze gel can also be used on other parts of the body, including treating pain in the hips, knees, elbows and back. It can also be used to combat the arthritis pain.

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Kind Regards,
Tim Allardyce DO MCSP SRP

Exercises For Shoulder Pain

 

Shoulder Support

Using a Shoulder Support

Shoulder support

Shoulder support

It is important to first diagnose why you are having shoulder pain, in order to get the correct type of shoulder support.

Your shoulder may need to be immobilized to keep you from doing activities to trigger the pain.

This support may come as a sling, or shoulder sleeve.

Physiotherapy and shoulder exercises may also be prescribed to restore range of motion, and to prevent muscle atrophy.

It takes the slow-growing, injured nerves quite a while to regenerate, so support must be provided initially.

Depending on the type of shoulder pain, the cause of the pain, and the diagnosis, you may need ice packs, a sling, compression bandages, therapy, or all of the previously mentioned.

Ice packs and slings, or shoulder immobilizers can be purchased online, but therapy needs to be individualized for your specific shoulder ailment.  This is why a proper diagnosis is crucial to proper healing.

Causes of shoulder pain

The causes of shoulder pain can be a traumatic injury such as a car accident, a sports injury, or just repetitive use of your shoulder when performing work, or playing sports.

Initially, you may want to treat your pain with cold packs, while taking analgesics for pain.

If the pain persists, your doctor may suggest that you wear a sling, so that you are unable to further damage the nerve.

Therapy is important also, because the lack of use of the shoulder may cause muscles to degenerate.

Below are some examples of shoulder support that can be purchased online.

Shoulder Support Recommendations:

These two shoulder slings received a five-star rating overall.  The consumer reviewers commented that they were comfortable, cooler than other slings worn, and relatively inexpensive.

The arm areas are long enough to extend beyond the wrist, so that your hand does not hang out the end, and the strap is soft and thick, which does not irritate the skin if worn often.

They are of durable materials, and can be used with ice packs, to diminish swelling and pressure on the nerves.

[easyazon-link asin=”B000S5GKGU”]Elasto-Gel Shoulder Sleeve SW9004[/easyazon-link]

Elasto-Gel Shoulder Sleeve Features

  • Provides hot or cold therapy
  • Durable, puncture-proof material
  • Fits left or right shoulder
  • Easy to put on
  • Sleeve molds to your shoulder
  • Comfortable to wear

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[easyazon-link asin=”B00406QXCE”]Maxar AS-100 Arm Sling With Shoulder Immobilizer[/easyazon-link]

Maxar AS-100 Arm Sling Features

  • Fits left or right arm
  • Offered in sizes S, M, L, or XL
  • Made of breathable cotton, with mesh accents
  • Simple to use
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Velcro closures which are adjustable to fit
  • Very Strong

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Shoulder Compression Bandages

I recommend Ace Shoulder Compression Bandages. Consumers who purchased Ace products appreciate the quality for the price.

The Cryo Pneumatic device is more expensive, but was preferred for more serious shoulder injuries, requiring more shoulder support and compression.

Although expensive, customers liked that it was comfortable, easy to adjust, and stayed in place.

The gel pack stays cool for a longer period of time, and consumers felt that its effectiveness was worth the price.

[easyazon-link asin=”B001ACQJUC”]Ace Back/Shoulder Hot Cold Wrap[/easyazon-link]

Ace Back/Shoulder Hot Cold Wrap Features

  • Stays in place
  • Fits securely
  • Easily adjustable
  • Reusable

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[easyazon-link asin=”B002ZO2CN2″]Cryo Pneumatic Shoulder Orthosis[/easyazon-link]

Cryo Pneumatic Shoulder Orthosis Features

  • Combines pneumatic (pressure) compression and cold therapy at the same time
  • Strong enough for post-surgical wear
  • Compression is variable, depending on injury
  • Universal size
  • Fits left or right shoulder
  • Helps to diminish swelling, reduces muscle spasms, and decreases pain
  • Soft foam laminate material for increased comfort in wear
  • Velcro compatible, making adjusting easier
  • Optional gel pack with tricot lining, in case you only want to use the cold pack alone
  • Comes with one gel pack to just stick in the freezer, and it will stay cold a much longer time

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Individualized Shoulder Support

Correct diagnosis is imperative in order to get the shoulder support that you need to heal.

In some cases the pressure on the nerve can be diminished by not using it, or resting it, elevating, and using ice packs.

In more severe cases, a doctor’s assessment is necessary, not only to rule out other possibilities of pain, but to assess how much, if any nerve damage there is.

Some injuries may need surgery, so post-surgery slings will be needed, along with physical therapy.

The type of shoulder support used must be appropriate for the individual’s shoulder condition.

Some shoulder braces and shoulder supports come in a universal or one-size-fits-all fit, others come in a range of fitting options so be careful to order the right fitting.

Not every shoulder injury is as severe, or affects the same nerves, so it is best to seek medical attention before purchasing shoulder support.

It is also important to get proper advice from your doctor so that you will not cause further damage to the shoulder nerves.

If you suffer prolonged shoulder pain please do see a doctor or physiotherapist.  You can prevent permanent damage by seeking a professional’s opinion, and your healing time will be shortened, not to mention reducing the time that you are in pain.

Remember shoulder support can be an important part of recovering from shoulder pain or injury, but get professional advice to make sure you get the shoulder support that fits your individual needs.

Shoulder exercise and rehabilitation

I have created a complete shoulder relief program to help you recover from shoulder pain and injury.

Generally exercising your shoulder will help you relieve shoulder pain and help rehabilitate your shoulder, but always check with your doctor before performing any exercise. Never repeat an exercise if you feel that it aggravates your pain. Stop the exercise immediately if it hurts.

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Kind Regards,
Tim Allardyce DO MCSP SRP

Exercises For Shoulder Pain

 

What are the Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tear?

Rotator Cuff Tear Symptoms

Unless cased by a sudden accident, Rotator cuff tear symptoms usually appear slowly.

Rotator cuff pain may be really mild at the start and gradually increase with repeated overhead activity. The pain is usually felt at the front of your shoulder and spreads down the arm. The pain gradually increases and is felt at very little activity or even at rest.

You may also feel pain while lying down on the affected side. Stiffness and consequent loss of motion result.

Sudden Rotator Cuff Tears

If on the other hand the rotator cuff snaps suddenly because of a fall or fracture, the patient usually feels the snapping of the muscle and suffers an instant weakening of the arm and acute pain.

For further information see the following articles:

Rotator Cuff Tear

Rotator Cuff Treatment

Rotator Cuff Surgery

Fibromyalgia Treatment

Fibromyalgia treatment

Fibromyalgia treatments include physical therapy, acupuncture, and ice and heat application. Fibromyalgia is however often misdiagnosed, misinterpreted, and misunderstood because at the moment there are no actual tests to diagnose fibromyalgia.

Diagnosing Fibromyalgia

Instead of testing if you have Fibromyalgia, doctors perform a diagnosis of exclusion. Meaning, that the doctor will rule out other conditions that could cause the symptoms that you are suffering from and if there is no other cause you may be diagnosed as suffering from Fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Because of the difficulty in diagnosing Fibromyalgia it is especially important to be aware of its symptoms.

Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic condition. Fibromyalgia complications can cause fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and chronic headaches. Fibromyalgia is widespread and attacks all muscles and nerves of the body. For some people, the pain comes and goes, but for others its incessant throb never leaves. Fatigue is another common symptom of fibromyalgia.

For further information about Fibromyalgia please see the following:

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Treatment

Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Fatigue is a common symptom of fibromyalgia.

Although people often have no trouble falling asleep, they rarely reach the final stage of the REM cycle, where full rest is experienced.

Instead, their sleep is light and they are easily disturbed, awakening exhausted and unrefreshed due to an inability to reach the final stage of relaxation.

Local areas of tenderness are also frequently seen in fibromyalgia sufferers. These points are located in the tissue around the neck, shoulder, back, and hips.

Fibromyalgia causes stiffness of the tissue and the overall soreness of the body that can make even getting out of bed difficult.

For further Fibromyalgia information please see the following articles:

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Treatment

Are You Suffering From Painful Arc Syndrome?

Do you find it difficult lifting your hand sideways? Do you feel a sharp pain on the tip of the shoulder when you try to reach for something overhead? If so you may be suffering from Painful Arc Syndrome.

Constant use  of the shoulder, and wear and tear can cause painful arc syndrome.

Painful arc syndrome frequently occurs in athletes and sportsmen and women, because they use the shoulder joint to its maximum capacity.

Physical therapy, steroid injections and shoulder surgery are some of the treatment options for painful arc syndrome.

I have just written an article all about painful arc syndrome so for further details please see the link below:

Painful Arc Syndrome

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia Condition

Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic condition, causing overall soreness of the body, with complications that can cause fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and chronic headaches. Fibromyalgia is a serious disease. If you suspect that you are suffering from Fibromyalgia do go and see your doctor.

Fibromyalgia is widespread and attacks all muscles and nerves of the body. Localized areas of tenderness, or trigger points, are also frequently seen in fibromyalgia sufferers. These points are located in the tissue around the neck, shoulder, back, and hips.

Fibromyalgia can be related to tendinitis, osteoarthritis, and bursitis. For some suffers, the pain comes and goes, but for others the pain is constant.

Women and fibromyalgia

Strangely women are ten times more likely to suffer from fibromyalgia than men.

For further information about Fibromyalgia please see the following articles:

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Treatment

Bra Straps Can Cause Shoulder Blade Pain

This bit of information is important for all women who suffer from shoulder blade pain. Your over tightened bra may be the cause of your shoulder blade pain.

Most women don’t bother to have a proper fitting to get a bra that is right for them. So my advice is loosen your bra straps if you experience shoulder blade pain and do have a proper bra fitting.

For more information about shoulder blade pain, including how shoulder blade pain can be a warning sign of serious disease, click the link below:

Shoulder Blade Pain

How to Use a Computer Mouse Without Getting Shoulder Pain

Using an Ergonomic Mouse for Shoulder Pain Relief

Using an ergonomic computer mouse is one of my top recommendations for avoiding shoulder pain while using your computer. Posture, keyboard position and screen height are other important factors.

With all the time that we spend at our computers today it is becoming more and more necessary to find solutions that keep our posture correct and minimize the risk of damage to our shoulders, backs and arms.

What is an Ergonomic Computer Mouse?

An ergonomic computer mouse is a mouse for the computer that has been especially designed using ergonomic principles to keep the hand in a neutral position and so helping to keep the arm and hand in a position that minimizes shoulder pain and elbow pain.

I’ve written a longer article about the safe use of computer mice, with useful advice and details about the different types of ergonomic computer mice available.

If you use a computer regularly click the links below for further important information.

Computer Mouse use and Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Posture and Computer Work

Computer Keyboards and Shoulder Pain

Dislocated Shoulder Exercise

If you are unlucky enough to dislocate your shoulder, it is likely you will be unable move your arm.

You need to have the shoulder relocated as soon as possible.

You should go to hospital where you may be given an anesthetic or strong medication before the dislocated shoulder is relocated.

Once the shoulder is relocated, you should for a few days afterwards let it rest, and use ice, heat and any medication prescribed by your doctor.

You should always check with a medical professional before doing exercises after a dislocated shoulder, but shoulder exercises can help the healing process.

I use these exercise frequently with my patients but always check with a medical professional before doing exercises after a dislocating your shoulder to make sure that the exercise is suitable for your individual condition.

Shoulder Dislocation Exercise

Exercise #1

This is the first exercise that I often use to help rehab after shoulder dislocation.

  • Stand with both hands shoulder width apart and holding a broomstick in front of you with both hands.
  • Use your good arm to push the injured one to the side, away from you, then back towards your body.
  • The injured arm stays relaxed, or passive, while the good arm does the moving.
  • This exercise should be done gently, and repeated just three time

Exercise #2

The second exercise involves flexing and extending your arm.

  • Sit in a chair or lie down.
  • Use your good hand to grip the side of your injured hand.
  • Slowly and gently bring both arms up toward your head. If it feels comfortable, lift them over your head. However, you must stop and rest immediately if it feels like your shoulder is about to pop out. (Our bodies often warn us of dangers, trying to protect us.)
  • This exercise should be done gently, and repeated just three time

The third exercise involves the broomstick again, but this time with rotation.

Exercise #3

This exercise should be done gently, and repeated just three times.

  • Keep your elbows to your side.
  • Use your good hand to rotate your injured shoulder by moving the broom to the left.
    Again keep the injured arm relaxed.

Exercise #4

It is also possible to do exercises using only gravity to help your dislocated shoulder. My fourth dislocated shoulder exercise uses only gravity to help your dislocated shoulder

  • For this flexing exercise, lift the injured shoulder in front of your face, then above the head.
  • Another option is to move your arm behind you and extend it out.
  • This exercise should be done gently, and repeated just three times

Dislocated Shoulder Exercise #5

It is possible to use isometric exercises after a dislocated shoulder. My fifth dislocated shoulder exercise is an isometric exercise.

  • Stand and bend your elbow 90 degrees, or straight up and down by a door.
  • Press the back of your hand against the door and hold it there for five seconds.
  • Repeat this ten times for the first exercise.

Another isometric exercise for those with a dislocated shoulder involves doing almost the same exercise, except pressing the front of your hand against the door.

  • Place a pillow between your chest and arms, squeeze, and hold five seconds.
  • Do three sets of ten of this exercise.

These are just a few of the many exercises which can be done after suffering a dislocated shoulder.

If you’ve suffered a dislocated shoulder I’ve written an article with useful advice and details of exercises that will help your recovery, so click the link below for further information.

Dislocated Shoulder Exercise