They help to reduce pain, so that the patient can freely follow physiotherapy sessions and perform the necessary exercises. Medicines should only be given for short-term medical advice. If the pain persists, a medical examination is recommended to determine whether further treatment is needed.
In some cases, your doctor may prescribe a corticosteroid injection to relieve the pain. However, it should be remembered that there may be some side effects, although most people can tolerate this type of treatment during recovery.
Infiltration involves injecting saline-based fluid and steroids into the shoulder joints. Infiltrates help to relieve symptoms and improve the motor function of the shoulder. The procedure combining infiltration and physiotherapy accelerates healing and pain relief.
If shoulder pain persists after other treatments, surgery may be necessary. Two types of surgery for shoulder pain include arthroscopic surgery and open surgery.
Arthroscopic procedure-orthopedist inserts into the joint a thin camera equipped with a camera and a lighting system. The operation requires small incisions to insert the device and possibly other tools with which the doctor will repair the damaged joints.
Open surgery-involves making much smaller incisions compared to arthroscopic surgery and has a higher success rate.
Recovery requires a period of shoulder immobilisation with appropriate treatment. This may take several weeks for minor injuries, or even several months if the injuries were serious. During recovery, it is recommended to rest and avoid activities that may cause shoulder pain.
Shoulder pain relievers
In most cases, if there is severe pain in the shoulder, you can apply alternative treatment:
- Ice packs-low temperature helps reduce inflammation and pain. Cold compresses should be applied for 15 or 20 minutes, three or four times a day. It is recommended to wrap the ice with a towel and not apply it directly to the skin, as it can cause frostbite.
- Turmeric (curcuma) – has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and can be helpful in relieving shoulder pain. Turmeric-based capsules should only be given as directed by a doctor who will prescribe the appropriate dose. It should be remembered that they should not be given at the same time as blood thinners.
- Moderate exercise-movement is necessary to improve the mobility of the arms. Exercise should be moderate and performed regularly. Your doctor may recommend a series of exercises depending on the severity of the pain.
- Massage-helps to improve blood circulation and reduce inflammation in the shoulder. It is recommended to use olive, sesame or coconut oil, slightly heated before applying to the shoulders. The arms are massaged by gently squeezing the muscles for 10 minutes.
- Massage can be repeated several times a day.
- Acupuncture-helps to reduce inflammation and improve motility in the shoulder.
- Acupuncture involves inserting needles into the affected area and is considered a treatment that stimulates muscle and blood flow and speeds healing.