Shoulder Pain – Questions and Answers

If you feel pain in your shoulder, lower your arm until the pain subsides. The goal is to be able to pull your right arm across your chest without feeling any pain. Hold for 30-60 seconds then relax and repeat with your left arm. Repeat 3-5 times.

The bursa can become inflamed and swell with more fluid causing pain. Impingement. When you raise your arm to shoulder height, the space between the acromion and rotator cuff narrows. The acromion can rub against (or “impinge” on) the tendon and the bursa, causing irritation and pain.

The most prevalent cause is rotator cuff tendinitis. This is a condition characterized by swollen tendons. Another common cause of shoulder pain is impingement syndrome where the rotator cuff gets caught between the acromium (part of the scapula that covers the ball) and humeral head (the ball portion of the humerus).

  1. Anti-inflammatory medication. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) help to relieve pain and lower inflammation.
  2. Cold compress. Cold compresses can help reduce swelling in the shoulder.
  3. Shoulder Brace with Stability and Compression.
  4. Heat therapy.
  5. Muscle relaxants.
  6. Pain medication.
  7. Rest and activity modification.

Treating shoulder pain. Apply ice packs every few hours to reduce inflammation. Over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve), may help relieve the pain if your doctor recommends them.

  1. Be described as a dull ache deep in the shoulder.
  2. Disturb sleep, particularly if you lie on the affected shoulder.
  3. Make it difficult to comb your hair or reach behind your back.
  4. Be accompanied by arm weakness.

The main symptoms of a frozen shoulder are pain and stiffness that make it difficult or impossible to move it. If you have a frozen shoulder, you’ll likely feel a dull or achy pain in one shoulder. Your pain could get worse at night, which can make it hard to sleep.

You should see a doctor if your pain is the result of an injury, it’s particularly bad, or there is no sign of improvement after a couple of weeks. Shoulder pain can be a long-term problem: up to half of the people still, have symptoms after 18 months. A correct diagnosis will ensure you receive the right treatment.

A recent research study showed that even a complete tear wasn’t very likely to get bigger. In this study, 24 patients who had full-thickness supraspinatus tears and who opted to forego surgery were tracked over time. In 2 of the 24 patients, the rotator cuff tear completely healed on its own.

Wear a Shoulder Brace. Hug a pillow, as this will put your top shoulder in an open position. Tuck the pillow up high under the arm. Use a pillow between your legs when you are on your side, or behind your thighs if lying on your back. This helps take the pressure off your whole spine.

The most common cause of night pain in your shoulder is due to a process we call rotator cuff tendinosis and shoulder bursitis. … During the day, the weight of the arm and gravity helps to increase the space in your shoulder to reduce pressure and compression on the bursa and rotator cuff tendons.
The answer is likely due to a few different factors. It could be that levels of the anti-inflammatory hormone cortisol are naturally lower at night; plus, staying still in one position might cause joints to stiffen up. Another explanation: The way you experience the same pain may actually change in the wee hours.

Side Neck Stretch: Sit up straight, pushing your shoulders back. Tilt the head toward your right shoulder. Place your right hand on the top of the head and gently pull down, bringing the right ear closer to the right shoulder and stretching out the muscles on the left side of the neck. Repeat on the other side.


Shoulder bursitis may cause symptoms such as limited range of movement in the shoulder, and pain at the tip of the shoulder. Key symptoms of shoulder bursitis include pain around the outside or tip of the shoulder. pain when the shoulder is touched.

How stress triggers pain. … Some experts think that stress-induced neck pain is caused by a physical factor: namely, a low but constant level of activity in the trapezius muscles that stretch from the back of the neck out to the upper shoulders. However, studies found no correlation between neck pain and muscle activity.

X-rays. Although a rotator cuff tear won’t show up on an X-ray, this test can visualize bone spurs or other potential causes for your pain — such as arthritis. Ultrasound. This type of test uses sound waves to produce images of structures within your body, particularly soft tissues such as muscles and tendons.

“Some people have food sensitivities to things one would assume are anti-inflammatory, but may not be for each person,” she says.

The 7 Foods That Relieve Joint Pain
Pineapple.
Salmon. Several studies have shown that omega-3 fish oils can reduce symptoms of arthritis.
Turmeric.
Ginger.
Hot peppers.
Garlic.
Cherries.

A Shoulder Brace limits the range of motion in your shoulder which helps reduce rotator cuff injuries or shoulder dislocations. The Strong AID Shoulder Brace support can be worn during sport, work, and sleep to help prevent over-rotation.

Rotator Cuff Tear/Injury Braces
If you have suffered a torn rotator cuff, it is extremely important to immobilize your shoulder with a splint or brace as you wait to see your physician. Ice therapy can help relieve pain. The Strong AID shoulder brace accommodates an ice pack which will be greatly beneficial.

Shoulder Impingement is a common shoulder issue. It often occurs due to too much wear and tear of the tendons in the rotator cuff. Wearing a shoulder brace to stabilize your shoulder is important for healing if you feel that you have an impingement issue.

The brace should be worn at all times, including at night while you are sleeping. This can make for a difficult night of rest. In many cases, the best way to sleep after shoulder surgery is in a recliner. If not, have someone place a few pillows underneath the back of your arm, between your arm and the bed or recliner.

We have seen remarkable recovery times with the Strong AID shoulder brace. Its versatility provides rapid pain relief for rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder, shoulder bursitis, and general shoulder pain.