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Shoulder Pain Management

Shoulder Pain Management

Shoulder Pain Management

Shoulder pain management is varied, and dependent on the source of your shoulder pain.

The shoulder is a complex joint and I see a variety of different causes of shoulder pain every week in my London clinics. The best way to treat pain initially, is to consult with a physician or physiotherapist to ensure that you get a correct diagnosis.

Once the source of shoulder pain is diagnosed, a plan to manage shoulder pain can be prescribed and individualized. Pain relief can include over-the-counter medicines such as Penetrex, drugs prescribed by your doctor, physical therapy, behavior modification, surgery, or a combination of many treatments. The same shoulder pain management may work on one person, but may not relieve pain in another. Some treatments may work specifically for certain shoulder conditions as well.

Diagnosing Shoulder Pain

The more accurate and detailed the description that you provide, the easier it is to diagnose the cause and treatment. Before a visit to your physician or orthopaedic surgeon, it is very helpful for you to have self-assessed the pain that you are experiencing.

Shoulder Pain self-assessment

Being prepared to answer some of the following questions, will help in diagnosing your shoulder pain source. Knowing specifics from you, will help the doctor or specialist prescribe the most beneficial treatment to relieve your pain.

  • When did you first experience the shoulder pain, and how long has it persisted?
  • Where do you feel the shoulder pain? Is it all over the shoulder, or in a specific area?
  • Have you experienced this pain before?
  • Were there any external forces which may have caused the pain, such as strenuous activity, your occupation, or an accident?
  • Have you experienced any other symptoms, along with the shoulder pain?
  • What is the intensity of your pain?
  • Do specific movements or activities increase the shoulder pain intensity?
  • Is the pain constant, or intermittent? Does the shoulder pain continue even when you are at rest?
  • Are you experiencing any weakness, or numbness in your arm?
  • Describe what the pain feels like in various situations. Is the pain burning, stabbing, shooting, dull, or tingling?
  • What types of shoulder pain management have you tried already?

Documenting the answers to these questions is important, because you may forget dates, or important facts which may aid in the correct diagnosis. If your injury is extensive, or your pain seems to be severe, the cause may be determined by other diagnostic measures. X-rays, MRIs, and ultrasound scans can help to delineate your shoulder joint, muscles, and tendons, aiding in the diagnostic procedure

Shoulder Pain Medications

I usaually recommend [easyazon-link asin=”B0026HDURA”]Penetrex[/easyazon-link] for local shoulder pain relief. Nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and NSAIDs with COX-2 inhibitor drugs may be taken, and usually work well with arthritis-related shoulder pain. COX-2 medications contain specific inhibitors, which block an enzyme known to cause inflammation. If shoulder pain is not relieved by NSAIDs, a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD), may be prescribed. DMARDs are believed to correct immune system deficiencies which contribute to arthritic conditions.

Steroid injections may be administered if the pain is related to the rotator cuff muscles. Corticosteroid injections help to relieve pain, as well as inflammation.

If the rotator cuff injury is severe enough, and a tear in the muscle is involved, surgery may be recommended. Any type of over-the-counter or prescribed pain medication may have adverse side effects.

Depending on the type of shoulder pain or injury, surgery would be considered the last alternative.

Alternative Pain Medication

With proper care, a minor shoulder injury often heals on its own. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, you can care for the shoulder by resting, applying ice, taking over-the-counter pain relievers, and doing gentle shoulder exercises. If the pain persists, worsens, or is accompanied by other symptoms, you should seek professional care.

Acupuncture, chiropractic massage therapy, and naprapathy are other alternative ways to deal with shoulder pain. Acupuncture uses sterile needles, placed in strategic points on the body, to control pain.

Chiropractic massage therapy uses manual manipulation of the shoulder joint and soft tissues to relieve pain.

Naprapathy is manual manipulation, ultrasound, electrical impulses, heat, cold, posture and nutritional counseling together, as an alternative type of shoulder pain management.

Lifestyle changes including paying attention to posture, work habits, and exercising regularly can help to prevent shoulder pain.

Doing regular range of motion exercises, taking frequent breaks at work, and resting between repetitive movements will help to prevent, and also ease existing shoulder pain.

Your shoulders are important, and need care and maintenance to work without pain. Often patients arrive at my clinic having put up with shoulder pain for weeks and even months. If shoulder pain is interfering with your day-to-day life or preventing you from sleeping at night don’t put off getting treatment.

The first steps to shoulder pain management are prevention, and a getting an accurate diagnosis of the shoulder pain source. [easyazon-link asin=”B0026HDURA”]Penetrex[/easyazon-link] is very effective for local pain relief and I recommend getting my free report with more free tips and advice for relieving shoulder pain. Just enter your name and email address to receive this valuable guide.

Kind Regards,
Tim Allardyce DO MCSP SRP

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Understanding Your Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can be caused by any of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that make up the complex structure of the shoulder.

Understanding your shoulder pain

Understanding your shoulder pain

To understand your shoulder pain it is helpful to know the basic structure of the shoulder, and what part of the shoulder is causing the pain and why.

Shoulder Components Overview

There are a few bones and joints in the shoulder complex, which might prove useful to know about, before and after you are stricken with shoulder pain.

There is much more entailed in the construction and operation of the shoulder, but if the basics are known, the pain may make more sense. Because the intricate muscles, tendons and ligaments are not visible, it is hard to imagine what is causing pain. This is a very brief description of some major components that I hope you will find helpful.

Shoulder Bones and Joints

Clavicle – is also known as the collarbone, and is the only bony attachment between the trunk and upper arm (humerus). It is S-shaped, and connects with the chest bone (sternum), and acromion of the shoulder blade (scapula).

Scapula – is the shoulder blade, and is a flat, triangular bone. Along with the acromion, spine, and coracoid process, the scapula forms the back portion of the shoulder.

Humerus – is the upper arm, which extends from the shoulder to the elbow.

Cortacoid process – is a structure which projects from the scapula (shoulder blade), and is the attachment point of shoulder ligaments and muscles.

Acromion – is the outer end of the scapula (shoulder blade), to which the clavicle (collar bone) is attached, and forms the “point” of the shoulder.

Acromioclavicular Joint (AC Joint) – is the point where the clavicle (collar bone) meets the acromion of the scapula (shoulder blade).

Shoulder Ligaments

Shoulder ligaments are soft tissue structures, which connect bones to other bones. Along with ligaments which join the bones, are muscles, which may be superficial (extrinsic muscles), or deep (intrinsic muscles). When the ligaments are stretched unnaturally, sprained, strained, inflamed, or torn, there will unfortunately be pain. Between the acromioclavicular joint (AC Joint), there are some primary ligaments to be aware of.

Glenohumeral Ligaments (GHL) – are three ligaments which maintain the stability of the shoulder, and help to keep the shoulder in place.

Coracoclavicular Ligaments (CCL) – are two extremely strong ligaments (trapezoid and conoid), which help to stabilize the AC joint, and help to keep the shoulder “square”.

Coracoacromial ligaments (CAL) – link the coracoid process (a small, hook-like structure on the scapula), to the acromion.

Shoulder Muscles and Brief Function Overview

Serratus Anterior muscle – stabilizes the scapula (shoulder blade) when the hand exerts pressure on an object.

Subclavius muscle – depresses the shoulder, draws the shoulder down and forward.

Pectoralis Minor muscle – lowers the shoulder blade (scapula).

Sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM) – flexes and rotates the head.

Levator Scapulae – raises the shoulder blade (scapula).

Trapezius – lifts the clavicle (collarbone), elevates and rotates the shoulder blade (scapula) outward.

Deltoid – flexes, extends, and rotates the arm.

This is a long and technical list, but the shoulder is very complex and I hope this helps you to understand your shoulder pain a little better.

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Kind Regards,
Tim Allardyce DO MCSP SRP

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Pain Under Shoulder Blade

shoulder blade pain

Don’t Suffer Pain Under the Shoulder Blade

Pain under the shoulder blade can be a symptom of serious underlying medical conditions including heart attack and cancer. If you suspect any of these conditions seek immediate medical attention.

The human shoulder is a very complex structure, with many muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Any part of these parts of the shoulder joint may at some time cause pain under the shoulder blade.

Shoulder blade pain, whether it is on the left or right side, between or under the shoulder blade, can be caused by damage to these components, or may also be caused by referred pain from another part of the body.

Causes of Pain Under the Shoulder Blade

The shoulder is a very complex structure, and is very vulnerable to injury. Pain under the scapula can be from damage or stress to the actual shoulder components, or may be referred pain, from another part of the body. It is important to note whether overuse, incorrect use, or injury may have caused the pain, or whether the pain is unexplained, and is associated with other physical symptoms.

Because there are many muscles, ligaments, and tendons to over-stretch, overuse, tear, sprain, and strain, it is helpful to know the activity which may have caused the injury. If there are other non-related symptoms, and the pain persists, it is recommended that you seek a professional medical evaluation and diagnosis for treatment.

Shoulder Injury Painshoulder blade pain

Pain under the shoulder blade can be caused by overusing muscles, tendons and ligaments, or the scapula may be fractured in an accident. Lifting incorrectly, strenuous exercise, repetitive strain, poor posture for prolonged periods of time, age, and degenerative diseases of the shoulder components may also be a cause of pain. Osteoporosis, making the bones porous and brittle may contribute, as well as arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Inflammation of tendons, or the bursa may cause tendinitis or bursitis, and rotator cuff injuries may include tears, impingement, frozen shoulder, or bursitis.

If the shoulder blade pain is caused by a disorder in another part of the body, the pain is called “referred pain”. Causes of referred pain can include gall bladder disease or gallstones, liver damage, peptic ulcers, pancreatitis, esophagitis, pleurisy, blood clots, ectopic pregnancy, pneumonia, and some cancers. The referred pain in the left shoulder blade could also be caused by cardiovascular disorders such as a torn aorta, pulmonary embolus, and heart attack.

If the pain is referred, other symptoms will accompany the shoulder blade pain, and will occur simultaneously. If the pain cannot be explained by overuse, accident, or misuse, it is recommended that you seek a physician’s opinion, because the pain may be caused by another factor which needs to be treated immediately.

Restricted Movement

Pain Under Shoulder Blade can make it very difficult doing everyday activities. Things like washing or scratching your back can be really painful. Use a simple back washer and back scratcher to reach your back without pain. This bath accessories set will make bathing and showering alot easier.

Pain Under Shoulder Blade Treatments

Unless it is referred pain from another cause of bodily dysfunction, the pain under your shoulder blade should go away in a few days. Resting adequately, using heat or cold compresses, and anti-inflammatory medication and pain medication such as ibuprofen, will help to heal the muscle, ligament or tendon which is causing pain. Exercise designed to aid in healing the injury is strongly recommended also.

If a rotator cuff injury or tear is suspected, it is recommended to seek medical attention to receive an accurate diagnosis, for more effective treatment and remediation, possibly involving surgery and physical therapy. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and Computed tomography (CT) scans can be performed to locate any structural damage to the shoulder. Pain under the shoulder blade is complex to diagnose at times, and if you are not sure of a cause, it is best to seek medical attention, to prevent further damage, and to insure proper healing.

Pain Under Shoulder Blade Rehabilitation

To help you recover from  pain under the shoulder blade I have created a complete shoulder relief program. Generally exercising your shoulder will help you relieve shoulder pain and help rehabilitate your shoulder, but always check with your doctor before doing any exercise. Never repeat an exercise if you feel that it aggravates your pain and stop the exercise immediately if it hurts.

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Kind Regards,
Tim Allardyce DO MCSP SRP

 

BioFreeze Pain Relieving Gel

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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

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Stiff Neck and Shoulder Pain

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Kind Regards,
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Gym exercises to avoid if you suffer shoulder pain

Don’t aggravate your shoulder painshoulder pain stretch exercise

In general there are some gym exercises that I would recommend avoiding while you’re suffering from shoulder pain or neck pain because it’s very important not to aggravate the shoulder or neck injury or put the shoulder through unnatural motions.

You should try to avoid any exercise the places unnecessary pressure on your shoulders or the compromise the shoulder position for example the military press, wide grip lateral pull downs and the bench-press.

I would suggest that you avoid doing exercises like the military press which involves lifting dumbbells over your head especially if you have a rotator cuff injury. The bench press is another exercise that you should consider avoiding if you’re suffering from shoulder pain. The shoulders take very large loads during bench-press exercises that puts a great deal of pressure on your joints.

Lateral pull downs also compromises the position of the shoulder and should be avoided until your shoulder is fully recovered. The side fly weightlifting exercise is also best avoided while you’re suffering from shoulder pain.

Preventing shoulder pain when doing gym exercises

Gym exercises especially if not done correctly are a frequent cause of shoulder pain. It’s really important to ensure that you using the correct technique for the exercise and equipment.

Shoulder Pain Warning Signs

If you suffer from shoulder pain that is severe or lasts for more than a few days you should seek medical advice, but usually doing shoulder stretches and carefully selected exercises under the supervision of a doctor or physiotherapists will actually help your shoulder rehabilitation.

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Kind Regards
Tim Allardyce DO MCSP SRP
Exercises For Shoulder Pain

 

 

Should you avoid doing exercises if you suffer from shoulder pain?

Is it safe to exercise with shoulder pain?shoulder pain swiss ball exercise

Are people right when they say you avoid doing exercises if you suffer from shoulder pain?

Pain is the body’s warning system, its way of letting you know something is wrong. Many people assume that because their shoulder is painful they should automatically avoid exercises that involve using the shoulder. Actually, for many shoulder conditions avoiding using shoulder can actually make your shoulder condition worse. However, as with any medical condition, do seek proper medical advice before undertaking exercises.

Shoulder pain warning signs

There are several shoulder pain warning signs you should be aware of, see this link for details

Shoulder Pain Warning Signs

If you suffer from shoulder pain that is severe or lasts for more than a few days you should seek medical advice, but usually doing shoulder stretches and carefully selected exercises under the supervision of a doctor or physiotherapists will actually help your shoulder rehabilitation.

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Kind Regards
Tim Allardyce DO MCSP SRP
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What is the Best Exercise to Relieve Shoulder Pain?

Best Shoulder Exercise

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Pendulum Exercise

Both online,and at my clinics I am frequently asked what is the best exercise to start relieving shoulder pain? The exercises that I recommend will depend on the individual patient, but in general the first exercise that I recommend is a passive exercise that puts very little pressure on the shoulder, but gets the shoulder moving and starts rehab.

The Pendulum Shoulder Exercise

The Pendulum Exercise is designed to improve the range of mobility in your stiff shoulder. For full details and a video showing you how to perform the exercise, please click the link below:

Shoulder Pain Relief Exercise

Halloween – Time to Treat Your Shoulder Pain

Time to Treat Your Shoulder Pain?

Do you enjoy Halloween? I enjoy the neighbor’s kids calling and I’d rather handout a few “treats” than have a “trick” played on me.

When the “Trick or Treaters” call tonight do think about treating your shoulder.

Whether you like Halloween or not it’s very hard to ignore trick or treating.

Shoulder pain often comes and goes, and it can be easy to put off proper treatment.

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New Shoulder Flex Exercise Video

My Latest Shoulder Exercise Video

I’ve just added a new shoulder exercise video that’s a really great exercise to start to get your shoulder mobile and pain free. This new video shows you how a simple shoulder exercise can help you to relieve your shoulder pain.

Shoulder Flex Exercise Video

This shoulder exercise video shows you how to lift your arm above your shoulder even if your shoulder is really painful because the good shoulder does all the work.

Follow these instructions carefully….

1) The affected shoulder should stay relaxed during movement

2) The good arm lifts the sore arm

3) Keep the movement within your comfort zone

4) Perform 15 time, 3 times a day