Shoulder pain is a common issue that could occur due to various reasons. More often than not, shoulder pain is a symptom of an underlying problem.
What Causes Shoulder Pain?
There are various causes of shoulder pain including:
Shoulder pain could also be caused due to a problem in areas other than the shoulder such as neck or bicep.
How is Shoulder Pain diagnosed?
While diagnosing shoulder pain, your doctor will first conduct a thorough physical examination to:
Depending on the results of this examination, your doctor may prescribe certain investigative tests such as:
X-ray – An X-ray of your shoulder joint will help detect any problems with the bones.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – This test will help detect problems with soft tissues such as tendons and ligaments.
Ultrasound scan – An ultrasound can also help diagnose problems with ligaments, tendons and joints.
Blood tests – These tests help identify if there is any underlying issue such as a cancerous tumour, diabetes or polymyalgia rheumatica causing the shoulder pain.
How is Shoulder Pain Treated?
To treat shoulder pain, your doctor may initially suggest some pain killers and ice packs to manage the pain and reduce the inflammation. You may also be asked to refrain from activities that aggravate your symptoms.
Depending on the severity and cause of shoulder pain, other treatments may be recommended such as physiotherapy, corticosteroids injections (medication containing hormones) and in extreme cases, surgery.
How can Shoulder Pain be prevented?
Practice simple shoulder exercises to help strengthen and stretch your rotator cuff tendons. Use ice after exercising if you have had issues with your shoulder previously.
At Apollo Clinic, we understand how shoulder pain can cause a lot of discomfort and suffering as well as hamper your ability to move freely. We have a range of services provided by some of the finest medical professionals to manage shoulder pain. We are also well-equipped with cutting-edge technology and amenities to ensure that you have a smooth treatment experience.