Shoulder pain may occur in any of the many muscles, ligaments or tendons in and around your shoulder. Once your shoulder starts hurting, it can be hard to concentrate on anything else.
People of all ages can experience shoulder pain. However, people who use laptops, tablets, and smartphones for extended periods are more prone to this problem.
A number of factors and conditions can contribute to shoulder pain. The most prevalent cause is the injury to the soft tissues, including the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the shoulder. This could be due to repetitive use or overuse injury.
Sometimes, the pain is due to some kind of injury to the neck or bicep. Other causes of shoulder pain include arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, bone spurs, torn cartilage, a broken shoulder bone, frozen shoulder and spinal cord injury.
Certain diseases can also cause shoulder pain, such as diseases of the cervical spine in the neck as well as liver, heart or gallbladder disease.
In addition to pain, one may experience symptoms like swelling and difficulty moving the shoulder and tenderness around the joint. You can treat minor shoulder pain at home. However, it is advisable to consult a doctor if the symptoms seem to be worsening.
Here are the top 10 home remedies for shoulder pain.
1. Cold Compress
Cold compresses are highly beneficial in alleviating shoulder pain.Put some ice cubes in a plastic bag and wrap the bag in a thin towel.Place it on the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes.Repeat a few times daily for a few days.
You can also soak a towel in cold water and apply it on the shoulder.
Note: Do not place ice directly on the skin. It can cause frostbite.
2. Hot Compress
Just like cold compresses, hot compresses also help treat shoulder pain, inflammation, and swelling. It is best to use hot compresses after 48 hours of the injury occurring. Hot compresses also help relieve the pain of stressed-out muscles.
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