How to Treat Chronic Shoulder Pain

How to Treat Chronic Shoulder Pain

Published: July 4, 2023

Chronic shoulder pain can be difficult to deal with, as finding an effective treatment is sometimes nearly impossible. Shoulder pain can make it difficult to participate in certain activities, find a comfortable sleeping position, and even perform day-to-day tasks. This can significantly impact the quality of a person’s life. If you or a loved one have been suffering from chronic shoulder pain, you might be interested in learning about effective and cutting-edge new treatment options that have become available.

What are Common Shoulder Pain Conditions?

Shoulder pain is common among people 40 and older, and sometimes even younger people suffer from this type of pain. The cause of shoulder pain is usually different for each person, and here are some common causes:

  • A rotator cuff injury
  • Tendinitis
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

This isn’t an exhaustive list of causes of chronic shoulder pain, and each case is unique. Upon being evaluated for your shoulder pain, your doctor will conduct the tests necessary to determine the cause of your pain. This could include X-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs, and other diagnostic tests.

Treatments Options

Treatment options for chronic shoulder pain have come a long way over the years, and in the past, it was only treated with over-the-counter and prescription analgesics, steroids, and anti-inflammatories. However, many more options are now available to relieve pain in just about any part of the body. Here are just some of the treatments available for the treatment of shoulder pain.

  • Physical therapy – starting a program that includes various exercises is still a great way to ease pain in the shoulder and in other parts of the body.
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy – with the knowledge of how resilient the human body is and how it has the capacity to heal itself, platelet-rich plasma is derived from the blood before being injected directly into the affected area to promote healing.
  • Nerve blocks – this type of treatment involves the injection of an agent that works to numb the pain in the shoulder. Nerve blocks are typically only effective for a week or two, but once a person has undergone this treatment several times, pain relief often begins to become more permanent.
  • Botox – while botox is often thought of as an aesthetic-based treatment, it has been discovered that it works very effectively to alleviate all types of pain.

This isn’t a complete list of the cutting-edge and advanced treatment options that are available for shoulder pain. Your initial consultation with any physician will include a thorough examination and evaluation before creating a customized treatment plan. That will determine which treatment is recommended.

Manage Your Chronic Shoulder Pain

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