The treatment depends on the severity and cause of the pain. The common medical methods include occupational or physical therapy, medications, wearing an immobilizer, and in certain cases, surgery. If you undergo surgery, make sure that you follow the instructions of your pain specialist for your fast recovery. Some of the medications prescribed by doctors are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and anti-inflammatory drugs such as corticosteroids.
If the joint pain is minor and does not last long, the pain specialist may just ask you to rest and treat it at home. Applying cold packs on the shoulder for 15 to 20 minutes per session for three to four times a day helps reduce the pain and the swelling. For any of these treatments to work, it is important that you rest your shoulders for several days. Avoid any activity that might stress out or force your shoulder. In some cases, wearing elastic bandage for compression also helps.
Shoulder pain can be a sign of a heart attack if accompanied by other specific symptoms. If this happens to you, call for an emergency. Also, if the shoulder pain lasts long and keeps on getting worse, especially if it already limits your movement, immediately call or help. Arizona Pain and Spine Institute provide a combination of treatment for shoulder joint pain. As pain specialist, we are more than capable of eliminating your pain problem.
Dr. Daniel Ryklin, M.D.
Arizona Pain and Spine Institute