The shoulder is a ball and socket joint with a large range of movement. Such a mobile joint tends to be more susceptible to injury.
Common injuries of the shoulder can lead to inflammation of the bursae (bursitis) or tendons (tendonitis or tendinitis) and result in a torn rotator cuff with dysfunction, impingement, as well as instability and frozen shoulder.
Shoulder Blade Pain
The shoulder blades—medically known as the scapulae—are the triangular-shaped bones of your upper back that stick out and become more visible when you extend your elbows towards your back.
Pain in the region of the shoulder blade can be due to many causes. It may be due to inflammation in the scapula itself or referred pain from other areas of the body. Which shoulder blade is affected is an important question, as some conditions are more likely to affect the left shoulder blade, and others more likely to affect the right.
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Left Shoulder Pain
Left shoulder pain can be extremely concerning, especially when the cause is unknown. The pain may occur when you breathe deeply, making it very difficult to function throughout the day. Left shoulder pain may be the result of normal activities of daily living to serious health conditions.
Right Shoulder Pain
Everyone knows that having pain in left shoulder can be a sign of a heart attack. So many people assume that right shoulder pain is not really serious and does not need to be checked. But the truth is that other serious conditions are also associated with pain under the right shoulder blade. Aside from serious conditions, other minor condition that causes right shoulder pain still needs treatment.
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Shoulder Pain Causes
Shoulder pain can stem from one or more of the following causes:
- Strains from overexertion
- Tendonitis from overuse
- Shoulder joint instability
- Collar or upper arm bone fractures
- Frozen shoulder
- Pinched nerves (also called radiculopathy)
Shoulder Pain Treatment
A treatment plan will be developed after a complete history and physical examination (and any tests, if indicated). Treatment options vary for each condition. Clearly, a simple strain is treated far differently than a heart attack.
If your injury does not require an evaluation by a doctor, you may be able to use home treatment to help relieve pain, swelling, and stiffness. It may take up to 6 weeks or longer before your symptoms are gone.
- Rest and protect an injured or sore area. Stop, change, or take a break from any activity that may be causing your pain or soreness.
- Ice will reduce pain and swelling. Apply ice or cold packs immediately to prevent or minimize swelling. Apply the ice or cold pack for 10 to 20 minutes, 3 or more times a day.
- For the first 48 hours after an injury, avoid things that might increase swelling, such as hot showers, hot tubs, hot packs, or alcoholic beverages.
- After 48 to 72 hours, if swelling is gone, apply heat and begin gentle exercise with the aid of moist heat to help restore and maintain flexibility. Some experts recommend alternating between heat and cold treatments.
- Wear a sling for the first 48 hours after the injury, if it makes you more comfortable and supports your shoulder. If you feel you need to use a sling for more than 48 hours, discuss your symptoms with your doctor.
- Elevate the injured or sore area on pillows while applying ice and anytime you are sitting or lying down. Try to keep the area at or above the level of your heart to help minimize swelling.
- Gently massage or rub the area to relieve pain and encourage blood flow. Do not massage the injured area if it causes pain.
- Try bending forward at the waist and let your affected arm hang straight down. Move your hips and legs and let that motion gently swing your arm back and forth.
Chiropractic treatment and therapy can be a viable option for shoulder, arm and hand pain. A chiropractor can investigate and locate any potential interference in your spinal vertebrae that may be causing compression of the nerves.
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