Shoulder pain is common in our community. In younger people, shoulder pain is more likely to be due to an accident or injury. However, as you get older, natural wear and tear occurs in the shoulder joint and the rotator cuff tendon. Over time, this may become persistent pain. The good news is that with appropriate treatment shoulder pain will improve so you can get back to doing the things you enjoy.
Most problems in the shoulder involve the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, rather than the bones. Symptoms can include pain, instability or reduced movement. The following are reasonable steps to take to manage shoulder pain in the first instance
· Heat or cold packs may help provide you with temporary relief of pain and stiffness.
· Medications such as paracetamol and low dose anti-inflammatories can be helpful in controlling pain while you work to maintain and restore movement and function
Should your pain be severe or if it worsens over time you should undergo an assessment of your shoulder joint by an experienced health practitioner. Health practitioners who treat shoulder pain are trained to investigate and identify the exact cause of the condition or injury causing the pain and will be able to provide you with a treatment and management plan.
Should you have an injury that requires medical assistance download the My Emergency Dr app to connect to a Specialist Emergency Doctor for an urgent health assessment and treatment. Available from https://www.myemergencydr.com