Treatments for shoulder pain

Severe Shoulder Pain Treatments

It is not unusual to encounter some form of shoulder pain in your life. It’s possible to hurt your shoulder from lifting heavy objects or even from sleeping in an awkward position. Many cases of shoulder pain are nothing to worry about. They are minor and go away after a few days of rest and light treatment. 

However, some shoulder pain is much more serious.

Shoulder pain that is severe, long-lasting and joined by other symptoms should be examined by a medical professional. This kind of shoulder pain is often related to a serious condition, such as:

  • A rotator cuff tear
  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Ball joint dislocation
  • Tendinitis

Ignoring severe shoulder pain may result in increased pain and further injury. It can even lead to permanent disability if you continue to use your shoulder when it’s injured. That’s why you will need to visit your doctor for a treatment recommendation if you’re experiencing severe shoulder pain.

Treating shoulder pain

Treatments for shoulder pain vary depending on the cause and severity of the pain. Generally, you can expect your treatment to include some of the following:

  • Prescription painkillers — When the pain is too severe to ignore, you may need prescription painkillers. These are more powerful than the painkillers you can get in a store.
  • Sling — A sling or other assistive devices may be necessary if you need to keep your shoulder immobilized.
  • Corticosteroids — Some cases of shoulder pain are related to arthritis. Corticosteroids can help reduce inflammation that causes the cartilage in your joint to wear down.
  • Physical therapy — Physical therapists are licensed healthcare professionals who can treat shoulder pain using many methods and techniques. Often, the goal is to strengthen and stretch the muscles and tissues around the joint. This helps support the joint and reduce pressure off the nerves that may be causing pain. Furthermore, physical therapy treatments can help reduce the need for surgery and improve your recovery time.

Contact Armor Physical Therapy for shoulder pain treatment

Are you suffering from severe or long-lasting shoulder pain? The physical therapists at Armor Physical Therapy have years of training and experience in dealing with shoulder pain. Contact us today to speak to one of our team members about what we can do for you.