The most common causes of shoulder pain include rotator cuff injuries, bursitis, tendinitis, arthritis, frozen shoulder, dislocation, and fracture.
You should see a doctor if your shoulder pain is severe, lasts for more than a few days, or is accompanied by other symptoms such as swelling, redness, or a fever. Additionally, if you experience any loss of function or movement in your shoulder, it’s important to seek medical attention.
Shoulder pain is typically diagnosed through a physical examination, which may include range of motion testing, strength testing, and palpation of the shoulder joint. Imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI, or ultrasound may also be used to diagnose the underlying cause of the pain.
Home remedies for relieving shoulder pain include rest, ice or heat therapy, gentle stretching exercises, over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, and using a sling to immobilize the shoulder.
Preventing shoulder pain involves maintaining good posture, avoiding repetitive overhead motions, maintaining a healthy weight, and engaging in regular strength and flexibility exercises that target the shoulder muscles.
Surgery may be necessary for shoulder pain if non-surgical treatments are not effective or if there is significant damage to the shoulder joint, such as a torn rotator cuff or dislocated shoulder. However, surgery is typically only recommended as a last resort after other treatments have been tried and failed.