The following treatment options are commonly suggested:
Shoulder sling or immobilizer to provide support
NSAIDs like ibuprofen (Motrin IB, Advil) or naproxen (Aleve)
OTC pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Regular cold compression to reduce inflammation and redness
Limiting physical work or exercise until the joint is healed
Shoulder pain is usually caused by inflammation of the rotator cuff. However, very rarely it can be a sign of a heart attack. If shoulder pain is accompanied by symptoms like neck and jaw pain, chest tightness, difficulty breathing, dizziness and excessive sweating, seek medical assistance immediately.
Shoulder pain is caused by damage or swelling of the rotator cuff, a group of four tendons surrounding the shoulder joint, giving it a wide range of motion. Damage or swelling can occur due to several underlying causes like repeated use, overuse, arthritis, broken bones, frozen shoulder, dislocated shoulder, pinched nerves, bone spurs, or spinal cord injury.
In most cases, shoulder pain goes away within two weeks. If pain persists, seek medical assistance.
In some rare cases, shoulder pain can be a sign of a heart attack. if accompanied by symptoms like neck and jaw pain, chest tightness, dizziness, excessive sweating and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.
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