Fighting the Shoulder Pain

Shoulder PainThe shoulder is the largest, most complex, and most mobile joint in the body. Therefore shoulder problems are become one of the most common afflictions of modern times. Fortunately, there are many ways of helping people feel better.

Four muscles and their tendons, collectively known as the rotator cuff allow the shoulder to move as it does. The rotator cuff also plays a role in stabilizing the arm bone to the shoulder blade.

But the truth is that shoulder pain doesn’t always come from the shoulder. Examples include pain referred from arthritis of the neck, diseases of the chest such as pneumonia and diseases of the abdomen like gall bladder problems can cause pain to be referred to the shoulder. Even ectopic pregnancies have caused shoulder pain.

Finally, heart conditions can also cause pain to the shoulder, particularly on the left side. Therefore a thorough examination from specialist’s physical exam is important. There are cases where patient had shoulder pain that is caused by a lung cancer. This combination is called Horner’s syndrome.”

The true shoulder pain fall into 3 categories which are;

Tendinitis or bursitis – With repetitive motion, the bursae (small fluid-filled sacs) surrounding the shoulder joint can become inflamed. This condition is called bursitis.

Injury or instability – Keeping your arms extended above your head; chronic compression, ie forcing the shoulder into its socket; muscle imbalance- if one of the muscles is extra weak, that can cause the rotator cuff to function poorly.

Arthritis – This condition is usually caused by the aging process.

 

There are few tips that can be used to prevent or reduce the shoulder pain such as;

Try to limit the number of overhead reaches.

If you’re wheelchair-bound, tuck your arms a bit closer to your body as you push.

Avoid repetitive motion.

Work on rotator cuff strengthening. Range-of-motion exercises are important

Use the correct posture in your daily activities.

One tip that might help if you have chronic shoulder pain and have a “frozen shoulder” is to use a broomstick for stretching and range-of-motion exercises.

 

Some medication treatments for shoulder pain

Oral anti-inflammatory medicines are sometimes, but not always, helpful. Patients may require a steroid injection. For people who don’t respond to medicines, injections, and physical therapy, another option is surgery. Any type of surgery should be done by a skilled shoulder surgeon. The shoulder is one of the most complex joint so make sure whoever works on your shoulder is an expert with shoulders.

A medical procedure called percutaneous needle tenotomy may make many rotator cuff surgeries unnecessary. In this procedure, a small needle is introduced using local anesthetic and ultrasound guidance. The needle is used to irritate the tendons of the rotator cuff and induce inflammation. Then, platelet-rich plasma, obtained from the patient’s whole blood is injected into the area where the tendons have been irritated. Platelets are cells in the blood that contain many growth and healing factors. This stimulates the production of new strong tendon tissue.


Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ for short is a dysfunctional of the jaw and its movement. TMJ has affected the life of millions of people around the world and they always try to find a good solution to cure this disorder from happen again.

There are various problem than can causing the TMJ both in physically or mentally such as injuries, accident, emotional shock, stress, or grief. So, this disorder is quite complex since it is involving physical and psychological aspects that can bring frustration to the sufferers.

Some common symptoms that often happen with this disorder are; cannot control the movement of tongue or jaw, mouth opening become difficult and limited, cheek pain, uncontrollable tooth grinding or clenching. When the symptoms occurs, it will disturb the activity not to mention very annoying.

TMJ disorder should be taking care of before the disorder become worsen and causing much serious problems such as tongue pain, headache, vertigo, dizzy, hard to swallow, inflammation on the joint of jaw bone or even lead to neck and solder problem. The TMJ sufferers must consult their problem to the physician who understand about this disorder.

There are some basic methods to treat this disease such as; over the counter pain relievers, some anti-inflammatory drugs, and muscle relaxant medicine to reduce the pain and muscle tension.

There is also jaw therapy and exercise to help strengthen or relax the muscles around the jaw to prevent the TMJ symptoms occurs. One of the common options in jaw therapy is using the heat and cold therapy to the jaw to reduce the muscle tension.

Dental treatment can also become an option. Using a biteplate from the dentist can help to make the upper and lower jaw become aligned and reduce the chance of tooth from clenching suddenly especially when sleeping at night.

Surgery can also become an option, although this option should be done for severe case as the last effort, especially when the TMJ disorder become chronic and much serious.


Pain Management and Treatment in Natural Ways

Natural Pain ManagementLife in today’s hectic society is going more and more in the direction of fast foods, sugar in all sorts of foods you would never think should be there, trans fatty acids, preservatives and pesticides, which we consume in large amounts every year. We even go so far as to invent foods, such as artificial sugars which your body may or may not recognize as actual food.

We are bombarded with hormones in most of our meats and dairy products. There is mounting evidence that many girls are maturing physically at a much younger age because of this.

Pain management

With all this going on, it’s no wonder that our immune systems are on overload and physical ailments are growing in leaps and bounds. Pain in some cases, is what some people’s lives revolve around.

Let’s look at pain. It is your signal that injury, disease or too much strain has occurred on the body. Without it you wouldn’t know that something needs to be addressed. Even mild pain can limit your activities, which in turn can lead to a loss of strength, endurance and flexibility.

Chronic pain can be on and off or be consistent. If you are like most people, you’ll reach for over the counter drugs or prescription drugs. This is what the drug companies would love for you to do.

Alternative pain treatment

If you suffer from pain there are many more options for you to explore than drugs or surgery. With vitamins, minerals and herbs lacking in our daily foods, you may want to consider a nutritionist to assist in establishing healthy diet and exercise program. Supplements, and organic foods, may improve your immune system’s ability to repair the body and should reduce pain.

There are also other natural remedies that can enhance your nutritional handling such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or yoga.


Forward Head Posture, Bad Posture Which Causing Muscle Pain

Forward Head PostureDid muscle pain hindering your daily activities?  You would feel that your muscle is being pulled hardly to one direction constantly. This would cause your muscles suffering from aches and pain.

One of the most common causes from muscle pain is the habit of bad posture. We often let our body posture in the bad position due to the practicality and our convenient. And because we continue to let it happen this condition become our habit.

For an example, usually in normal and healthy position our head is located straight in line with our shoulder, body and hip. But because of the necessity of our daily work, sports or other activities, your head position often get shifted way too forward and located in front of your shoulder and body.

Because this condition often happen almost every day this posture become your habit. Without you realize, this posture is burdening your muscle because the muscle in the front of body will get shorten for long period of time, while the muscle in the back of the body become overstretch for long period of time.

This unnatural condition will put too much burden to body muscle will cause muscle pain along with some joint, head, and back aches and pain. And eventually the whole body will also suffer and sending pain signal from various body parts. In medical terms this condition is known as forward head posture.

To solve this condition would need extra effort from the patient that suffer from this condition. They need to rearrange their head position back to where it natural position which is in line with their shoulder and body.

Some methods such as massage therapy and using arch support often used to fix the head position back to where it belong. They also need to strengthen their back to maximize the therapy’s result.

But, the best method is to prevent this condition occur to our body by maintaining the healthy and natural posture all the time, and fix the posture immediately when our posture is in bad shape due to the demand of our work and activities.