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Shoulder Pain Treatment

Tendonitis Treatment

Inflammation of the tendon, or tendonitis, is usually caused by repetitive actions like catching and throwing a ball, or playing other sports that involve repetitive action.

Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation

One of the best ways to help your shoulder tendonitis heal is through the RICE program.

Recommended by doctors everywhere, RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation, and if used correctly it can greatly improve your shoulder’s flexibility.

Simply apply ice to your shoulder twice daily, at least once when feeling pain and always before bed.

Ice is highly recommended at night time because its powers are relied on for the next eight hours to keep you asleep.

Gentle compression and slight elevation are also very important. So, prop your shoulder up with a small pillow and gently set it at a comfortable position to increase blood flow.

Another way to reduce pain is through anti-inflammatory drugs such as naproxen, aspirin, or ibuprofen.

Ultrasound and whirlpool treatments have also been applied to patients suffering with tendonitis to relax tendons, rejuvenate muscles, and awaken the body.

The gentle sound wave vibrations of the ultrasound and the massaging waters of the whirlpool improve blood flow and warm deep tissue, revitalizing cells long lost.

Physical therapy is the next step, incorporating easy stretching exercises into their daily routines; a tendonitis patient can turn their life around if they learn the correct exercises needed for their shoulder and apply them correctly.

If you fail to see improvement in your shoulder after one year and you have been dedicated to rehabilitation, your doctor will begin to look into other options.

The most common thing prescribed is cortisone injections. This is a potent anti-inflammatory drug that can decrease inflammation and reduce pain for up to three months.

This must not be abused. If taken, cortisone has the ability to weaken the muscles and tendons, and it can even lessen the body’s resistance to infection. So, although it makes the shoulder feel better, without exercise, the pain will only return and the patient may become addicted to the shot.

Another option is autologous blood injections. Here, the area infected with tendonitis is injected with a patient’s own blood to stimulate healing.

This process is fairly new, and is performed under ultrasound to ensure the correct location is found. By using the patient’s own blood, there are no side effects, but pain does sporadically occur over the next few days as infused blood brushes against the tendon.

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