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Any suggestions on dealing with a longer-term shoulder injury?

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Asked by: Kimberly Chapman

People can usually treat tendon tears in the shoulder at home by: resting the shoulder and avoiding activities that may aggravate symptoms. applying an ice pack to the area for 20 minutes several times each day. taking OTC medications, such as ibuprofen and naproxen.

What happens if your shoulder hurts for a long time?

The most common cause of shoulder pain occurs when rotator cuff tendons become trapped under the bony area in the shoulder. The tendons become inflamed or damaged. This condition is called rotator cuff tendinitis or bursitis.

Can shoulder injuries be permanent?

Without treatment, rotator cuff problems may lead to permanent loss of motion or weakness of the shoulder joint.

Will my shoulder injury ever heal?

Shoulder injuries are highly treatable if addressed early.

Often these injuries can be resolved without surgery. The goals for most shoulder injuries are to decrease inflammation, alleviate pain, strengthen muscles and improve range of motion.

Can shoulder pain last years?

The problem often goes away after a period of time — but that can take up to three years, according to the AAOS. Physical therapy is sometimes recommended for frozen shoulder, but this can be quite painful in some cases, says Dr. Ramappa.

What are 3 common shoulder injuries?

Common Injuries of the Shoulder

  • Shoulder instability. Shoulder instability happens most often in young people and athletes. …
  • Rotator cuff tear. The rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles of the upper arm. …
  • Frozen shoulder. This extreme stiffness in the shoulder can happen at any age. …
  • Overuse/strains. …
  • Arthritis.

How do I know what type of shoulder injury I have?

Specific tests for shoulder pain include the Neer test, used to look for a type of rotator cuff injury called impingement. Speed’s test is used to check for biceps tendonitis. Other tests are meant to check for shoulder instability and dislocation.

What are 4 common shoulder injuries?

Common shoulder injuries include shoulder sprain, strain, tear, bone fracture, impingement, and frozen shoulder. A shoulder injury is an injury to any of the structures in the shoulder joint, including bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilages.

Does a torn rotator cuff ever fully heal?

Rotator cuff tears do not heal on their own without surgery, but many patients can improve functionally and decrease pain with nonsurgical treatment by strengthening their shoulder muscles.

How do I know if I need shoulder surgery?

The telltale signs shoulder surgery may the best solution for pain relief, include: Ongoing pain over a long period of time that limits activities of daily living or recreational activities. A new injury, which results in weakness or loss of motion.

How do you live with chronic shoulder pain?


  1. resting.
  2. avoiding activities that cause or exacerbate pain.
  3. taking NSAIDs, to alleviate pain and inflammation.
  4. receiving corticosteroid injections into the joint, to temporarily alleviate pain and inflammation.
  5. applying ice or moist heat to the affected joint several times per day.

How long does physical therapy take for shoulder?

Although time required for recovery varies, as a guideline, you may need Physical Therapy treatments for four to six weeks before you get full shoulder motion and function back. It is important to maintain the strength in the muscles of the rotator cuff. These muscles help control the stability of the shoulder joint.

What is the best painkiller for shoulder pain?

Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) may help. Rest.

Can shoulder pain last for months?

Shoulder pain is defined as chronic when it has been present for longer than six months. Common conditions that can result in chronic shoulder pain include rotator cuff disorders, adhesive capsulitis, shoulder instability, and shoulder arthritis.

Why is my shoulder pain getting worse?

There are basically three conditions that can cause shoulder pain to worsen at night: bursitis, tendonitis, and rotator cuff injuries. This is because the inflammation involved in each can pull on the shoulder joint, especially when the area is compressed (as when laying on your side in bed).

When should I see a doctor for shoulder pain?

Make an appointment with your doctor if your shoulder pain is accompanied by: Swelling. Redness. Tenderness and warmth around the joint.

What does it mean when I lift my arm and my shoulder hurts?

A weak rotator cuff can’t do its job properly and you begin to experience shoulder pain when you lift your arm. This often happens because of slouching and rounding your shoulders – as you probably do when you’re sitting at your desk.

What are 2 warning signs of a rotator cuff tear?

Signs of a rotator cuff tear include:

  • Difficulty and pain caused by raising your arm.
  • Popping or clicking sounds or sensations when moving your arm.
  • Shoulder pain that worsens at night or when resting your arm.
  • Shoulder weakness and struggling to lift items.

What should I do if I can’t lift my arm?

Consider going to an emergency room. But if you're not improving within a few days difficult lifting the arm significant. Pain moving it especially go see an orthopedic surgeon.