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Shoulder Pain Relief – Causes and Treatments

Posted on December 06, 2011 by pmruser

People develop aches and pains in their shoulders for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, they can be caused by something as simple as a pinched nerve.

What Did I Do?
Many of us get minor aches and pains from time to time, and in most cases they leave as quickly as they came, without us having to pay much attention to them. However, serious consideration should be given to relieving your pain if you find yourself asking, “What did I do?” or “Why did I do that?” This is especially true for pains in your shoulder, and seeking shoulder pain relief should become one of your top priorities.

Causes
How Did This Happen?

People developaches and pains in their shoulders for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, they can be caused by something as simple as a pinched nerve (in medical circles this is called “radiculopathy”), or you might have overexerted yourself recently with strenuous activity. Other times, pain in the shoulder can be a symptom of something more serious, like a tumor or degenerative disease.

Should I Panic?

Don’t panic! If the onset of your pain occurred while participating in an activity, it’s important that you stop lifting, pulling, stretching, etc. right away, and you should attempt to find some shoulder pain relief. However, if your pain has persisted for an extended period of time, and you can’t seem to remember how or when it started, you should probably visit a medical professional for advice on relieving the pain in your shoulder.

Treatment
How Do I Fix This?

Sometimes, shoulder pain relief is only a Tylenol (acetaminophen) and/or heating pad away. Other pain relievers like Ibuprofen and Aleve also work. Taking any ofthese over-the-counter pills for shoulder pain relief is a great strategy if you’re on the go, because they’re easy to carry with you and simple to take. If needed, at the end of your day apply moderate heat for shoulder pain relief. You can use a heating pad or a product like Icy Hot.

Then What?

If you continue to experience pain after taking these measures, then it’s definitely time to go and see your friendly, neighborhood medical professional to ask them about finding relief for the pain in your shoulder. They’ll be able to diagnose the cause of your pain and recommend the best shoulder pain relief treatments. Methods like physical therapy and/or a local corticosteroid injection may need to be administered at your medical professional’s clinic/office.

Final Note
Finding the appropriate shoulder pain relief is extremely important, and you shouldn’t be hesitant to ask a local doctor or chiropractor for advice on treatments. Also, aches and pains are fairly common, so please, don’t panic! With the right method, relief for your shoulder’s aches and pains can be a relatively easy and painless process. Just take it easy next time, okay?