Shoulder Arthritis - Certain exercises may improve the range of motion in your shoulder and provide some pain relief. Download our free exercise guide below.
As with other arthritic conditions, initial treatment of arthritis of the shoulder is nonsurgical
In 2011, more than 50 million people in the United States reported that they had been diagnosed with some form of arthritis, according to the National Health Interview Survey.
Simply defined, arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. In a diseased shoulder, inflammation causes pain and stiffness.
Although there is no cure for arthritis of the shoulder, there are many treatment options available. By applying these in the correct manner, most people with arthritis are able to manage pain and stay active.
Your doctor may recommend the following treatment options:
• Rest or change in activities to avoid provoking pain. You may need to learn to change the way you move your arm to perform daily tasks.
• Manual therapy including trigger point therapy can often be used effectively to help reduce pain and increase range of motion.
There are specific NAT protocols that have been proven to be extremely effective.
• Certain exercises may improve the range of motion in your shoulder and provide some pain relief. Download your free exercise guide here .
• Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), such as aspirin or ibuprofen, may reduce inflammation and pain.
These medications can irritate the stomach lining and cause internal bleeding. They should be taken with food.
Consult with your doctor before taking any over-the-counter NSAIDs if you have a history of ulcers or are taking blood thinning medication.
• Corticosteroid injections in the shoulder may dramatically reduce the inflammation and pain. However, the effect is often temporary.
• Moist heat
• Ice your shoulder for 20 to 30 minutes two or three times a day to reduce inflammation and ease pain.
• If you have rheumatoid arthritis, your doctor may prescribe a disease-modifying drug, such as methotrexate.
This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your physician if you think you need treatment or if you feel unwell.
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