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Overview

Shoulder Pain: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Shoulder pain is usually characterized by a persistent dull and nagging painful sensation that may arise from the shoulder joint itself or from other muscles, ligaments and/or tendon that surrounds the shoulder area. Shoulder pain arising from the shoulder joint itself generally worsens with the movement of the shoulder or upper arm of the person having this symptom.

There are various causes for shoulder pain and the reason may vary from person to person depending upon the physical activities that he/she is involved in. The causes of shoulder pain may be direct as well as indirect. Various diseases and other conditions such as heart problems or gallbladder diseases may indirectly lead to shoulder pain and such a condition is known as “Referred Pain”. Referred shoulder pain generally does not cause much problem during the movement of patient’s shoulder. On the other hand, direct causes of shoulder pain may be due to one or more major or minor injuries in the shoulder area. Moreover, due to aging, various degenerative changes in different parts of the shoulder can result in shoulder pain.

Some of the major causes that can result in shoulder pain are impingement, bursitis, dislocated shoulder, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tendinitis, septic arthritis, rotator cuff injury, frozen shoulder, sprains and strains, multiple sclerosis, dislocated shoulder, avascular necrosis, ankylosing spondylitis and others. The first step towards the treatment of shoulder pain involves thorough analysis of the patient’s medical history followed by a number of clinical diagnoses which involves imaging study by X-ray imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound imaging and/or diagnostic arthroscopy.

Once the cause leading to shoulder pain is appropriately diagnosed; the necessary treatment is initiated under the guidance of an experienced doctor. The treatment involves medication along with physiotherapy. The doctor may also recommend a few exercises for such patients in order to improve the flexibility and/or mobility of their shoulder joint. In a few cases, surgical treatment may be recommended if it is found to be necessary.

How is the treatment done?

Once the cause of shoulder pain is found out by various clinical diagnoses, the treatment for this condition is initiated under the guidance of an experienced doctor. The treatment for shoulder pain involves various pain relief medications and physiotherapy. Medicines such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen may be prescribed for controlling the pain. The doctor might recommend taking rest and avoiding any strenuous physical activity that involves movement of shoulder in order to prevent any further injury. In addition to this, a few exercises may help the patients by improving their shoulder flexibility and mobility. Injecting cortisone into the affected area can help to reduce the inflammation. Applying hot and cold packs on the affected area gives temporary relief from pain. In some cases the doctor may advice for surgical treatment if the medical treatment for this condition is found to fail.

It must be kept in mind that the treatment for shoulder pain varies from person to person depending on the degree of injury or the cause of the pain. Surgical treatment for this condition is not the first option, and hence this treatment is used only if all other medical treatments for this condition fail.

In case of patients, suffering from shoulder pain due to arthritis or osteoarthritis, the treatment is slightly different. For such patients, the shoulder pain arises due to damaged shoulder joint. Surgical methods of treatment such as realignment bone surgery and joint replacement surgery are the two best methods that have been proved beneficial for treating such patients. After surgery, the patients are recommended to have rest until the condition heals.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

There is no age restriction as far as the treatment for shoulder pain is concerned. Patients of any age who are having a persistent dull and nagging painful sensation in their shoulder area are eligible for this treatment. It is always recommendable for such patients to go for home remedies initially. If such home remedial methods fail to give fruitful results, then the patients can seek medical help from an experienced doctor.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

There is no eligibility criteria as such for patients to seek treatment for shoulder pain. Anybody who does not have shoulder pain is not eligible for the treatment of shoulder pain. It should be remembered that shoulder pain may arise both due to injury in the shoulder area as well as a few indirect causes and such a condition is known as “Referred pain”. Hence, a proper diagnosis is necessary for an appropriate treatment to begin. Patients having referred pain should be given treatment for the underlying cause that has led to shoulder pain. Such patients of referred shoulder pain are not eligible for treatment of shoulder pain but instead they need to be treated for the underlying cause of the pain.

Are there any side effects?

The treatment for shoulder pain is more or less safe. However, the anti-inflammatory pain killers prescribed during this treatment may bear some side effects. The common side effects include nausea, vomiting, constipation, bleeding in stomach (ulcers), headache and indigestion. The side effect of stomach upset can be reduced by taking the medicines after meal.

On the other hand, cortisone pills used to treat problems of shoulder pain, have side effects such as weight gain, elevated blood sugar levels, osteoporosis, elevated blood pressure, thinning of skin, cataracts and decreased resistance against infections. It is important to consult a doctor if any of these side effects become serious enough.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

It should be remembered that shoulder pain may be due to both direct and indirect causes (also known as referred pain). In case of referred pain, the underlying cause needs to be treated. The post treatment guidelines for shoulder pain include giving rest to the affected shoulder, applying hot and cold packs to the affected area for temporary relief, avoiding strenuous activities that may cause further injury, taking the prescribed medicines regularly on time, physiotherapy, practising exercises that helps in improving shoulder mobility and flexibility and using braces, slings and supports that helps in keeping the shoulder in position and facilitates faster recovery.

How long does it take to recover?

The time taken for a patient of shoulder pain to recover depends upon the degree of injury received. For minor injuries like strain or sprain it takes about a week’s time for the pain to recover. Shoulder pain resulting from serious issues such as fractures, rotator cuff tear, dislocation and others may require surgical treatment and may take a few months to recover. It is important to consult a doctor if the pain persists or increases even after the treatment.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The price of treatment for shoulder pain varies in different parts of India. The average cost of consulting a doctor regarding such issue may range from Rs. 400 to Rs. 700 (per consultation). The costs of medical as well as surgical treatments are additional. In general, the average cost of full treatment for shoulder pain may range from Rs. 4,400 to Rs. 6,500 in India. This treatment is available in almost all cities and towns of India.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Before the treatment for shoulder pain is initiated, it is important that the cause of the pain is properly diagnosed. For some issues of shoulder pain, they can be treated by mere home remedies and rest. However, for others if such home treatments fail to give effective results then the doctor switches to medical and/or surgical treatments if necessary. Surgical treatment is considered as the ultimate and best treatment for problems of shoulder pain. The permanence of the treatment of shoulder pain depends upon the degree of injury encountered by the patient. If in case no improvements are seen from home remedies or medical treatment, only then the doctor recommends for surgical treatment.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

For issues of shoulder pain, surgical treatment is considered as the best treatment. However, there are a number of alternative treatments as well. The alternative treatments for issues of shoulder pain involve applying hot and cold packs, physical therapy, rest, ultrasound/heat treatment, consumption of anti-inflammatory food items, stretching and mild exercises to improve shoulder flexibility and mobility, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and/or acupuncture therapy. These are mere primary treatments for issues of shoulder pain and if the conditions are not seen to improve, then the patient must consult a doctor for further medical or surgical treatments.

Safety: Symptom Effectiveness: High Timeliness: High Relative Risk: High Side Effects: Medium Time For Recovery: High Price Range:

Rs. 4,400 – Rs. 6,500

Popular Health Tips

Shoulder Problem - What Can You Do About It?

MBBS, D.Ortho, FCPS
Orthopedist, Mumbai
Shoulder Problem - What Can You Do About It?

The human body is a great marvel. You can’t imagine how each part works and the shoulder is one of the most vital parts of the body. You need your shoulders to move your arms, to write, raise hands, pick things up, do workouts, eat, wash, play golf and cricket, and what not, the list is exhausting. Such a joint overworks tirelessly and is prone to injuries and pain. Just move it consciously in different directions to check its range of motion. If it pains or the movement is restricted, you should get it checked by an experienced orthopedic.

What does your shoulder comprise of?

The shoulder is made up of a group of three bones, the clavicle, scapula, and humerus. These components are popularly known as the collarbone, shoulder blade, and upper arm bone, respectively. Four different muscles form a group and various tendons and ligaments in conjunction with the rotator cuff make room for a ball in the socket. The free movement of the ball is necessary to move the shoulder without any pain or discomfort.

When does shoulder pain appear?

When the muscles around the rotator cuff are weak, shoulder pain may occur. This is, in fact, one of the most common causes of shoulder pain and discomfort. You will feel pain or pinching sensation whenever you move your shoulders. It can be heightened at night and when you are sleeping on the affected shoulder, the pain can be even worse. This weakening of the muscles is called impingement. Over a period of time, this restricts the movement of the shoulder muscles and the shoulder ball. This is not a condition that develops overnight. It is because that you are overworking your shoulder. Aging is another factor that causes this condition. It can also result because of specific occupations, especially the ones that demand to lift heavy weights often.

How to relieve shoulder pain?

Treating shoulder pain at home is possible. But the pain that arises from playing certain sports such as tennis and specific activities such as cleaning the entire house in a day. When you know that you have stressed your shoulder, using ice and heat packs alternatively is a time-tested remedy to alleviate pain. Even rest can ease this sort of pain. You should also never raise the arm over the head when the shoulder is in pain. Bring down inflammation with ice. Never immobilize the arm with a sling. However, if the shoulder pain because of a suspected injury or unknown reasons, it is better to visit a doctor.

Is medication required?

You should rush to the doctor if you feel that the shoulder pain is slowly increasing and is persistent. Whenever you feel pain when raising your hand over the head, you need to be aware that this condition is called frozen shoulder and needs the intervention of a doctor. You cannot find solace with ice in this case.

  1. Preventive techniques: To prevent shoulder pain, you need to be a bit careful. When you are introduced to a new activity or exercise, do not overdo it. Begin slowly and increase its frequency gradually. For instance, do not play hours of tennis at the novice level. Your coach recommends warm up for the very reason, especially that every muscle of the joint should be prepared.
  2. Neck and shoulder pain: Shoulder pain does not only result because your shoulder is overworked. It can also result because of your neck. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and use pillows that are not too hard or too soft. Thin pillows are the right choice. Practice neck stretches too. Stress can also be the reason behind pain in different parts of the body and therefore, you should stay relaxed and calm in life whatever the situation may be.

To find out whether your posture is the cause of pain, analyze your habits at work and home. Do not jump to get things from a height. Specific actions such as carrying heavy weights and bowling can also cause pain and discomfort in the shoulder. Review all such activities and find the right way to tackle this. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Shoulder Pain - 3 Factors That Account For It!

MS - Orthopaedics, Fellow In arthroscopy
Orthopedist, Ahmedabad
Shoulder Pain - 3 Factors That Account For It!

A person’s shoulder is the most mobile joint in his body as it is a ball-and-socket joint. This ball-and-socket joint make for most of the movements of all other types of joints in our bodies but one has to pay a price for this mobility. Problems might arise through impingement of the soft tissue or areas having bones in one’s shoulder, leading to pain. Impingement happens when top of the shoulder blade puts pressure on the soft tissues underneath, as and when the arm gets lifted from the body.

Symptoms of shoulder pain

Before the shoulder pain actually kicks in, the body starts giving signals through certain symptoms. The symptoms include:

Neck Pain: Generally the pain starts to develop from the neck, where an individual might go through a period of intense pain and gradually come down to the shoulder causing discomfort.

Muscle Cramps: People might feel that their muscles are getting cramped, hence restricting their free movements. These cramps tend to have adverse effects on a person’s shoulder, resulting in tremendous pain.

Causes: 

There are a number of factors and certain conditions that can contribute to shoulder pain. The most common among these is rotator cuff tendinitis. Some of the other causes are described below:

  1. Injury In Another Location Of The Body: Injury in some other location, having some sort of connection with the shoulder such as neck or bicep can result in the person suffering from shoulder pain. This is known as referred pain. One good thing about this referred pain is that it does not get worse with movement of the shoulder.
  2. Different Forms Of Arthritis: Shoulder pain may well be caused as a result of the different forms of arthritis, when people tend to suffer from either osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout or fibromyalgia.
  3. Breaking A Bone Or Pinching A Nerve: Nerve pinching or breaking a arm or shoulder bone can also cause tremendous amount of pain in the shoulder.

How are the causes of pain diagnosed?

Generally when a person goes to show a doctor because of shoulder pain, the doctor would want to find out the exact reason behind the problem and then go ahead with the treatment. He would physically feel for tenderness and swelling, assess the amount of movement which a person is able to do and then determine how stable is the joint. After the physical examination, the doctor would go for tests such as X-ray or MRI in order to get the detailed pictures of the shoulder.

Treatment options:

According to the cause and severity of the pain, a doctor would treat a patient by giving him nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, a sling or shoulder immobilizer or ask him to go for surgery. Minor pain in the shoulder can be treated at home by applying ice on the area for 15 minutes three to four times a day for some days, to get relief from pain. Application of ice should be through an ice bag or by wrapping ice in a towel as direct application might cause frostbite.

Workplace Ergonomics - Ways To Help You Maintain Correct Posture!

MS - General Surgery, MBBS, MCh - Neuro Surgery
Neurosurgeon, Hyderabad
Workplace Ergonomics - Ways To Help You Maintain Correct Posture!

Most professions require you to work with computers these days, and thus people tend to sit at the workplace for long hours that often leads to posture related muscle tensions and nerve issues. By following a few easy ergonomic principles at your workplace, you can keep such sufferings at bay though.

The workplace is where you spend the majority of your time in day. So it is crucial that you focus on your posture while sitting when you are working. Maintaining your posture will not only help you feel more comfortable working in front of a computer, but will also prevent back pain, muscle stiffness, and other muscle related problems.

If you are wondering what these workplace ergonomics are, take a closer look at them here.

  1. Choose the right chair: Selecting the right chair is of great importance when it comes to workplace ergonomics. The chair on which you will spend most of your day working should be supportive of your spine. This will prevent you from working in a bending position, thus reducing the risks of backaches.
  2. Focus on your shoulders and head: While working in a sitting position, your shoulders should be kept straight and not rounded forward, otherwise, it may give you shoulder pain, back pain, and neck pain. You should also keep your head straight, setting it over your spine in a way that your ears line up over your shoulders.
  3. Place the mouse and keyboard within reach: Make sure that you keep all your key objects, that you use repeatedly near you. You should minimize the amount of stretching you need to do. Not only will this reduce the risk of falling, but also prevent muscle tension from building up. When using your mouse or typing on your keyboard, make sure that you keep your upper arms near your body and keep your wrist straight.
  4. Keep the screen right in front of you: Keep your screen at your eye level so that you don't have to work in a posture where you keep your neck bent over the screen for long hours. Even maintaining proper distance from the monitor screen can be helpful in preventing eye pain and neck pain.
  5. Opting for a footrest is important too: In case you face any difficulty in reaching the floor, or even if your office chair is too high, opt for a footrest to prevent poor posture. This will help reduce the pain or any ache you may get in your legs and feet.

Muscle tension and pain due to poor workplace posture is a common phenomenon today, and focus on improving your daily posture as well as improving the workplace ergonomics are sure to prevent muscle and nerve related problems. In case you're already suffering from muscle issues due to poor posture, opt for a consultation with a neurosurgeon right away to prevent the muscle condition from deteriorating further.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Subacromial Impingement - How It Can Be Managed?

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics, Fellowship in Arthroscopy
Orthopedist, Hyderabad
Subacromial Impingement - How It Can Be Managed?

Subacromial impingement is a very common problem relating to the shoulder area, accounting for almost 50% of the shoulder pain complaints. It is a very small space covered by bones on all spaces, and in fact, only when there is inflammation in this area does the space become evident on radiographs. There are various tendons and muscles, which work together to allow for shoulder movement upwards and downwards and front and the back. With repeated movements, these tendons get impinged or pinched and so cause limited motion, pain, swelling, instability, etc.

This injury is very common in people who use the shoulder repeatedly and in similar movements, especially with sportspersons like basketball, swimmers, etc. Non-sportspeople like painters and construction workers can also sustain this injury, given the repetitive motion of the shoulder joint.

What causes subacromial impingement?

  1. Irritation and impingement of the shoulder joint due to repeated motion
  2. Acute injury or accident involving the shoulder
  3. Poor posture where shoulders are constantly in a stooped position
  4. Shoulder instability

If a person has subacromial impingement, the symptoms will include:

  1. Pain in lifting shoulder to the front and above the head
  2. Weakness in the shoulder with gradual loss of function
  3. Swelling and stiffness of the shoulder
  4. Night pain, especially with rolling the shoulder
  5. Limited movement
  6. Hemorrhage in advanced cases

As the condition progresses, the symptoms worsen and gradually can lead to calcifications in the tendon space and loss of shoulder strength. The impingement can go through 3 stages, with both age and symptoms increasing with each stage.

Diagnosis: A combination of history, clinical presentation, x-ray, and MRI are used in diagnosis. Specific tests like empty can are also useful in arriving at a diagnosis.

Management: Conservative measures like resting, ice and heat therapy, medications, and exercise are the first line of therapy. When the condition persists even after 3 to 4 months, then surgical intervention is required.

  1. Avoid activities which cause repetitive movement of the shoulder.
  2. Ice the area for 10 to 15 minutes every 4 to 6 hours through the day to reduce the inflammation.
  3. Compression also can be used which will help in pain control.
  4. Keep the shoulder elevated like in a sling to help in pain relief.
  5. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications can help control inflammation and pain, improve movement, and reduce swelling or stiffness.
  6. Exercise can be included in the daily routine as it improves the shoulder strength and flexibility.
  7. Surgery is usually considered the last resort. It is only when all the conservative measures fail, surgery is advised.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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6 Best Ways Shoulder Pain Can Be Managed?

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics, Fellowship in Arthroscopy
Orthopedist, Hyderabad
6 Best Ways Shoulder Pain Can Be Managed?

The hand movement is to a large extent controlled by the shoulder. It is a ball and socket setup where the shoulder bone has a socket, into which the upper arm bone fits in like a ball. Due to excessive movement or repetitive strain, the shoulder can be subjected to a lot of strain and stress. Shoulder pain is one of the most common symptoms, especially in sportspersons who use the hands repeatedly, like swimmers, basketball players, volleyball players, etc.

The pain in the shoulder could be due to various conditions, such as:

  1. Dislocation: Due to repetitive movements, the shoulder can get dislocated and cause pain. This could be an acute injury or due to repeated instability.
  2. Rotator cuff tear: The point of rotation for the shoulder joint can suffer a tear, leading to rotator cuff tear, which is a very common cause of shoulder pain.
  3. Labral tear: The ligament which connects to the upper arm bone to the shoulder socket can tear up, again leading to pain.
  4. Tendinitis: There could be calcium deposits within the tendon space, which also can cause shoulder pain. The severity depends on the extent of calcification.
  5. Arthritis: Due to old age or due to regular wear and tear, there could be arthritis of the shoulder joint, leading to pain. This could be worse at night.
  6. Frozen shoulder: In addition to limited movement, there is also shoulder pain with frozen shoulder.

Depending on the cause, the shoulder pain intensity can vary, the duration can vary, it can be at night or day, can be intermittent or constant. In addition to pain, there could also be:

  1. Inability to lift hand above the shoulder
  2. Inability to carry objects
  3. Swelling of the shoulder along with stiffness
  4. Deformity of the joint

Shoulder pain can be very limiting and needs to be managed. From minimally invasive to surgical options, the following are some options.

  1. Rest: For the pain to subside, the inflammation should subside and so rest is the first line of therapy.
  2. Ice/Heat: Icing the shoulder for 10 to 15 minutes every 4 to 6 hours is a great way to remove the inflammation and provide relief from pain. This can be alternated with a heated pad if one gets relief.
  3. Massage: Massage with herbal or pain oils is another effective way to manage pain. The herbal oils soak into the skin and provide relief from the pain.
  4. Exercise: Exercises to improve shoulder joint strength prove to be really effective but should only be done under supervision.
  5. Anti-inflammatory medications: Care should be taken they are not used long term, to avoid other effects.
  6. Cortisone injections: Given into the shoulder joint, these injections help reduce inflammation.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Popular Questions & Answers

In my last visit to doctor rheumatologist it has been cleared that I don't have arthritis as he said. Does it means I don't have osteoporosis or ant other types of arthritis? I have thyroid and taking eltroxin 75 regularly. I also gone through hysterectomy. My question is why my body joints like finger elbow wrist shoulder are painful? But no swelling or redness. My hands need always movement. Please help.

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics
Orthopedist, Hyderabad
In rheumatoid arthritis you will have involvement of small joints especially of wrist and hand initially later involving the bigger joints. The pain and stiffness will be more in the morning, sometimes with swelling and also fever. Rheumatoid arthritis is more of clinical diagnosis and the blood reports always may not be positive. As you have also told that you had hysterectomy due to which you can develop osteoporosis and joint pains. Better to consult a specialist again and get properly evaluated.
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Hi. Daily I did masturbate once a day now my body is getting so week and back pain comes heavily and shoulder pain also fingers can fold 2 mins is impossible my strength is so week can you give any suggestion to overcome masturbate .Please hlp me doctors to secure my life.

Senior Resident Medicine
Rheumatologist, Chandigarh
Whatever you try to leave without understanding will not be left try to understand the process of masturbation it is a process to fulfill your desire though imagination. A single sperm has a potential to give rise to a baby A masturbation releases about 300-500 million sperm in one time you are bound to get weakness by shedding off life force.

I was diagnosed with still's disease 1 years back. Now doctor said am on remission. But still have pain in bones like knees and shoulder. What could be the cause? And what test are recommended to know bone damage if any?

Senior Resident Medicine
Rheumatologist, Chandigarh
If you have associated stiffness and/or swelling in these joints. It means active disease. Get ESR CRP and s.ferritin levels checked. Fasting blood tests.

Hello Doctor, I feels that I have a heart problem, sometimes when I bend forward chest bone hurts and sometime stabbing pain comes and go on chest area, I have left shoulder pain, neck pain which radiating towards fingers, I done TMT, ECG and Echo 2d everything is normal and cardio doctor told no medicine or treatment for you, still now I have a back muscle pain, I have little gastric, should I take one more Echo and TMT to rule out? I am working in IT, everyone says its muskoskeletal and stress.

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology, Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health
Psychologist, Palakkad
Dear Lybrate user. I understand. Some physical diseases are thought to be prone to be made worse by mental factors such as stress and anxiety. At any given time, a person's mental state can affect the degree of severity of a physical disease. Physical symptoms that are caused by mental factors are also called somatization or somatoform disorders. I think your problem is PSYCHOSOMATIC PROBLEM. I suggest online counseling and psychotherapy. Take care.

Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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Shoulder Pain In Elderly
Hello friends,

I am Dr Akhilesh Rathi I am practicing Orthopaedic and Orthoscopic surgeon in Dwarka.

Today I will be discussing about shoulder pain in the elderly, shoulder pain has been a very common problem and you must have heard that term frozen shoulder, heard similar kind of terms in your relatives or elderly people. So, these days very effective treatment for these kind of pain are available and because these diseases can be very debilitating. People are there who are unable to lift their arms to the routine course, so in these patients there are lot of treatment options are available if timely manage they can be done even in the non surgical way. So to start with the first and foremost treatment for most shoulder problems like the rotator cuff tendinosis and rotator cuff tear most patients can we manage with simple stretching exercises, range of motion exercises, shoulder strengthening exercises and some physiotherapy. So these patients recover well and they are able to manage their pain and regulate their routine with these exercises. Apart from these around 10 to 20% of the patients who do not improve with these exercises and are suffering from bigger tears or bigger problems, in these patients there highly advanced treatments are available nowadays. What we call as shoulder arthroscopy, arthroscopy means like you have must heard about laparoscopy where surgery is done in the abdomen through small portals. Nowadays, we can do surgery in the shoulder through small tiny incisions, 3 to 4 incisions and repair all the damage muscle in there. So even in those patients who are unable to lift their arm or move there arm or shoulder is stiff despite the physio, despite the exercises in those patients we can make it better. We can even think about having almost 100% normal kind of lifestyle. So I would like to restress is whenever you are having any shoulder pain, any stiff shoulder and it is not improving after 4 to 6 weeks then please do get it checked by an orthopaedician near you and most likely it will manage with physiotherapy and exercise and if it doesn't improve with physio, exercises I think you might need injection the shoulder or maybe orthoscopic surgery which can make it normal and which can repair the damaged muscle. Because if you delay too much, there are chances the damage muscle may retract and it may not be fixable even with the orthoscopy anymore. So the timing of your visit to your doctor is important, don't delay, don't ignore your shoulder pain, don't ignore your stiff shoulder. So because if you ignore it then you won't be able to operate and fix it arthroscopically, in those cases in which we done lake, the muscle has already retracted or is unrepairable then we need to replace the joint. So the best option is get yourself timing check, if your shoulder pain is not going in 4 or 6 weeks think about visiting your doctor and get it fixed and thank you all for listening to me patiently.

You can take my appointment online through Lybrate or any other online portal. I am available in sector 7 Dwarka, I have a clinic by the name of Rathi Orthopaedic and Spine Clinic.

Thank you so much.
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Shoulder Pain
What Can We Expect from Nonoperative Treatment for Shoulder?
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Treat Chronic Pain
Pain can be musculoskeletal like back pain, shoulder pain or knee pain. Watch out to identify yours.

I am Dr. Siddharth VermaI deal with patients suffering from chronic pain. Chronic pain is any pain which is more than 12 weeks or three months in duration and if a patient is suffering from chronic pain they require special treatment and they require physician specially trained to treat the people who have chronic pain. So this pain can be musculoskeletal, then it may be back pain or the pain of the knee. There are various structures in the back which can give rise to the pain.

I'll tell you more about it if you see our skeleton, this is a model showing the back of a human and as we can see these are the vertebral bodies or the small bones which make up the human back, and these the yellow things, these are the nerves which are coming out of the small holes which are known as the foramen.And what you see here between these two bones is a disc and this is a portion of these two bones because when a person moves he actually bends, rolls place then all this moment like this. It occurs on this joint as you can see and this disc this help us to maintain this mobility.So now what happens is with growing age this can become bulging like you can see this red buzzing portion this compresses on this root which is coming out of here. This is what may lead to the pain there may be other mechanisms also and it is very essential that qualified pain physician actually evaluates you. If you have any back pain and then physician treats you accordingly.

So there are various equipment options which are available and ranging from drugs. So you can start with drugs and go to injections in the nerve roots and then we can further do pinhole surgery. It is like we can go through the needle to that and then gradually release the patient of his or her pain.Similarly, like back pain is the treatment for those suffering from knee pain. As we can see it's also 2 bonus and then instead of the disc we have this cartilage which is present here. Muscles slide this cartilage and this thing over here is your muscle which is coming over this knee joint. If this muscle is not strong enough or if the cartilage is damaged then you may have problems with your knee.

So what do we do is that if a person comes to us with the pain of the knee then we need to access a lot of ligaments. If you see it's a very complex and complicated joint if you see there are a lot of small ligaments and it is meniscal. There is cartilage so we have to analyze where the pain is coming from, once we analyze that then we prepare accordingly. We can start with drugs, we can use substances which help to form the cartilage, we can use Prolotherapy which is a new form of regeneration therapy which helps to regenerate cartilage, or we can numb those nerves which are actually carrying this pain.So you do not worry this will not lead to any weakness.

So musculoskeletal pain after revaluation can be treated and can be managed and to get rid of your pain or to know more you can simply visit my lybrate website.
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Shoulder Pain
Here are a Causes, Symptoms, and treatment of Shoulder Pain
Hello, everybody. I am Dr. Ashish Acharya specialist, and sports medicine specialist at Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi. Today I am going to speak on shoulder pain.

Shoulder pain is one of the very common complaints being faced by the general masses. If you don t have an injury and still you have pain, the usual cause of shoulder pain is weakness in your muscles around the shoulder or imbalance in them which can easily be treated with certain specific medications or exercises very specific to the shoulder being conducted under the supervision of the shoulder specialist and being supervised by the shoulder surgeon. Now coming to a group of people who only complain of neck pain. Shoulder pain can and definitely in some cases present only as neck pain. Hence it is most commonly misdiagnosed as the cervical cause of pain rather than a shoulder as the main cause of the pain.

If you have neck pain persisting in spite of medications and exercise and physiotherapy and precautions being prescribed by your doctor then you should consult shoulder specialist near your area so that he can distinguish the root cause of your pain and can advise you certain specific shoulder rehab and certain specific medications which will then get rid of your the pain in the neck which is actually originating from your shoulder. I would like to emphasize that group of people who have sugar or diabetes patients. They are more prone to shoulder pain or stiffness than the general public. So they should keep their sugar level strictly under control and keep exercising for their shoulder with simple exercises like shoulder wheel or the pulley exercise which are available commonly in all the parks around your living place.

If you still have pain or persistent stiffness or decrease in movement of your shoulder in spite of regular exercise then you should consult with the doctor or the shoulder specialist near your place so that he will then give you proper medications and some other specific exercises which will get rid of your pain rather than neglecting that pain and coming to the specialist in the last stage when you have a completely stiff shoulder and we have to intervene surgical methods are advised for you.

Patients who are having shoulder dislocations should consult with proper orthopedic surgeons or a shoulder specialist even after two or three or four dislocations. As at this stage they can be managed arthroscopically minimally invasive procedure so that it will be successful at this stage but if you wait when you have 20 or 30 dislocations you are actually eroding your bone which will vacant an open, bigger, bony procedure which has a longer rehab period and which is completely avoidable if you would have come earlier after second, third or fourth dislocation.

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