4% to 26% of Americans will have shoulder pain in their lifetime
Shoulder pain is extremely common, especially amongst the adult population. It is estimated that about 4 to 26 percent of Americans will experience shoulder pain at one point during their lifetime. Because the shoulder joint is a complex network of muscles, ligaments, cartilage, nerves, and tendons, there are many different things that can go wrong. Regardless of what the problem is, early treatment is highly recommended. The sooner you receive treatment, the easier your recovery will be.
While visiting a pain management clinic may be necessary for many people, there are a handful of at-home treatments you can try first. Before we look at these, we are going to briefly look at the most common causes of shoulder pain. If you have any questions about this or would like to learn more about how stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine can help with shoulder pain, please do not hesitate to give us a call.
Common Causes of Shoulder Pain
In most cases, shoulder pain is caused by one of the following:
- Tendon inflammation
- Broken bone
As mentioned earlier, because the shoulder joint is so complex, there are many possible causes of pain and discomfort. In order to understand what, exactly, is going on when your shoulder is in pain, it helps to have a basic understanding of the anatomy. Common outer shoulder problems include:
- Rotator cuff issues
- Frozen shoulder
Front of the shoulder problems include:
- Bicep tendonitis
- Bicep tendon rupture
- Shoulder osteoarthritis
Top of the shoulder pain may be from:
- AC arthritis
- AC separation
- Distal clavicle osteolysis
How to Treat Shoulder Pain at Home
If you are experiencing shoulder pain in any way, the following at-home remedies may help you find relief sooner than later:
- Heat and ice therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Epsom salt bath
Treating shoulder pain usually begins within strengthening the muscles and calming down inflammation. Let’s now take a closer look at a few of these effective at-home remedies:
- Heat therapy works by relaxing tense muscles and brings relief to a stiff shoulder. It can also help with muscle pain and discomfort from arthritis. Try using a heating pad, hot water bottle, or a heated gel pack.
- Ice packs can be quite effective in reducing swelling in the shoulder and numbing severe pain. We recommend applying an ice pack for about 20 minutes one to five times per day. Be sure you wrap the ice pack in a towel before applying it to your skin.
- Pain medications with anti-inflammatory properties can also help ease pain, allowing you to cope with the injury until you are able to seek further treatment. Please note that pain medications are not a long-term solution.
- Depending on your injury, stretching may be a great solution that you can do on your own. Ask your doctor about the best active exercises and stretches and be sure not to overdo it.
If you have tried the above at-home treatments yet are still living with shoulder pain, please contact us today. There have been numerous recent breakthroughs in stem cell research and regenerative medicine, providing us with additional options to treat this type of pain.