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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Shoulder pain

Shoulder pain is a common condition that affects many people. Whether it's due to an injury, overuse, or a chronic condition, shoulder pain can significantly impact your quality of life. Understanding the cause of your shoulder pain is the first step to finding relief.

Common causes of shoulder pain:

Injuries: Shoulder injuries such as rotator cuff tears, dislocations, and fractures can cause significant pain. These types of injuries often occur as a result of sudden trauma, such as a fall or car accident.

Overuse: Repetitive overhead motions, such as throwing a ball or lifting weights, can lead to overuse injuries and cause pain in the shoulder.

Arthritis: Arthritis is a common condition that can cause pain and inflammation in the joints, including the shoulder.

Bursitis and Tendinitis: Bursitis and tendinitis are conditions that occur when the bursae (small fluid-filled sacs) or tendons in the shoulder become inflamed.

Frozen shoulder: Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition where the shoulder joint becomes stiff and painful. This can occur as a result of viral infections or injury or surgery, but often the cause is unknown.

Treatment options:

Physical therapy: Physical therapy can help strengthen the muscles and improve range of motion in the shoulder, reducing pain and improving function.

Pain medications: Over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen, can help reduce pain and inflammation in the shoulder.

Steroid injections: Corticosteroid injections can help reduce pain and inflammation in the shoulder joint.

Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair a torn rotator cuff or other type of injury.

At-home remedies: Simple at-home remedies, such as ice and heat therapy, can help reduce pain and swelling in the shoulder.

If you're experiencing shoulder pain, it's important to see a doctor to determine the cause. With proper treatment, many people are able to find relief from their shoulder pain and improve their quality of life. Whether it's physical therapy, medication, or surgery, there are many options available to help you find relief.

Natural Home Remedies to decrease Shoulder pain

In addition to conventional treatments, there are also several natural home remedies that can help relieve shoulder pain. Here are some of the most effective ones:

  1. Ice Therapy: Applying a cold compress to the affected area can help reduce pain and swelling. Wrap a bag of frozen vegetables or a cold pack in a towel and place it on the affected area for 20-30 minutes at a time, several times a day.

  2. Heat Therapy: Heat therapy can help increase blood flow to the affected area and reduce pain. You can use a heating pad or take a warm shower or bath to apply heat to the affected area.

  3. Exercise: Gentle exercises, such as shoulder rotations and arm swings, can help improve range of motion and reduce pain. Be sure to consult a doctor or physical therapist to determine the best exercises for your specific condition.

  4. Herbal remedies: Some herbs, such as turmeric and ginger, have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce pain and swelling in the shoulder. You can take these herbs in supplement form or add them to your diet.

  5. Massage: Gentle massage can help improve circulation and reduce pain and tension in the shoulder. You can have a professional massage therapist perform a massage, or you can try self-massage using a foam roller or tennis ball.

  6. Stretching: Stretching can help improve flexibility and reduce pain in the shoulder. Try stretching the affected area several times a day to help reduce pain and improve range of motion.

It's important to note that natural home remedies may not work for everyone and may not be appropriate for all types of shoulder pain. It's best to consult with your doctor before trying any new remedies, especially if you have a serious condition or are taking any medications.

Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist

Kify Hospital



Phone : 85000 23456


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