Shoulder pain is one of the most common complaints that people have, although many do not consult a doctor about it. This can be experienced by any person, no matter what age, gender, or even social status. It could come unexpectedly, without any obvious trauma or injury.
Acute Shoulder Pain
- When the patient experiences acute shoulder pain, he or she might have to visit a doctor to confirm what really caused the condition.
- The pain will often appear rapidly, causing the patient discomfort and pain for a few minutes or even hours at a time.
- With proper treatment, the underlying cause can be cured so that the pain will not be felt anymore.
- This is opposed to chronic pain wherein the patient may still continue to feel pain from time to time, recurring on regular or irregular intervals.
Acute Shoulder Muscle Pain Causes
There could be a number of possible reasons why acute shoulder pain is experienced by the patient.
- Arthritis. This is not a very common condition that affects the shoulders yet it can be experienced by a patient, especially if there was an old injury at the site.
- Shoulder dislocation. Caused by trauma.
- Shoulder separation. Caused by trauma.
- Frozen shoulder
- Calcific tendonitis
- SLAP lesion
- Labral tear
- Rotator cuff tear.
- Rupture of the biceps tendon.
Acute Shoulder Pain Treatment
The symptoms to watch out for to ensure proper treatment include:
- Unexplained pain at the shoulders.
- Swelling at the joint.
- Deformity of the joint.
- Inability to move or use the arms.
- Inability to carry objects though the arms can be moved.
Treatment options for shoulder pain include the following:
- If the pain is caused by injury, apply first aid. Make sure to stop bleeding if there is any. Apply ice pack on the site of injury to reduce swelling. Do not use hot compress within 24 hours after the injury was incurred.
- The affected area should be immobilized, especially if there is a dislocation. Make sure that the bandage is secured and correctly in place but is not too tight to restrict circulation.
- If the pain appears at no apparent reason, alternate using cold compress and hot compress every 15 minutes.
- Apply soothing balm.