Shoulder Pain – Common Causes and Treatments

At some point in all of our lives, almost every one of us experiences some kind of shoulder pain. We overdo it when working out, play a little too roughly with the kids, or forget to warm up before pitching softball. But there are some types of shoulder pain that can be a little more serious than others. Some of the most common reasons for painful or stiff shoulders are tendonitis, frozen shoulder, dislocation, rotator cuff tear, or shoulder instability.

Tendonitis is the most common diagnosis for people who have shoulder pain. In the shoulder, it is the rotator cuff that is most likely to develop this condition. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that attach your arm to your shoulder and allow you to move it around freely. Tendonitis is basically what it sounds like, the irritation and inflammation of the tendons. You can get tendonitis from simply using your shoulder too much or in an improper way. To get relief from this kind of shoulder pain, stop doing what made you sore in the first place! It seems obvious, but it really is the first thing you should do to treat your pain. Next, apply ice or a cold pack to the sore shoulder. Cold helps numb the area and reduce swelling. If you can take anti-inflammatory medication, they will also help you find some relief.

Rotator cuff tears, on the other hand, are a completely different animal. A common symptom of this injury is pain across the top of the shoulder and down the arm to the elbow. Usually the joint becomes painful to use and noticeably weak. This condition means that the muscles have actually torn part of the way (or sometimes all the way) across. In these cases, most injuries can be treated with physical therapy and medication. However, some rotator cuff tears require surgery to correct them.

Another common culprit for shoulder stiffness is frozen shoulder. This is another condition that is exactly what it sounds like – the shoulder “freezes” up and is hard to move. This condition is different, though, because too much movement does not usually cause it. In fact, frozen shoulder usually just appears for no apparent reason. People between 40 and 60 are most likely to get this condition, and women are twice as likely to get it than men. The joint capsule around the shoulder becomes thick and scarred, and it becomes very difficult to move. Luckily, though, this problem does get better. There are some things you can do to help, such as doing light exercises and stretching. The best way to learn these exercises is to visit a physical therapist. Applying moist heat is also a great way to help with both the stiffness and the pain.

When the bones of the arm come out of the shoulder socket itself, this is called shoulder dislocation. This is normally very painful. The arm may be hanging at an unusual angle. Sports injuries and falls are the most common causes. If you’ve ever seen the “Lethal Weapon” movies, you may be familiar with “the Riggs method” of repairing this type of injury, but DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! Dislocations are best treated by a doctor. Once the joint is put back in place, the arm is usually put in a sling to heal.

Rotator Cuff Injury – Treatment Options

Do you play sports or have a job that requires you to participate in regular physical activity? While these types of actions may help you to stay in better shape, they also put you at risk for physical injury if you make a movement that your body is not ready for. If you think that you have injured yourself in your upper back or shoulder region, and it is interfering with the way your enjoy your hobbies or the way that you perform your job, you should know that you may have a rotator cuff injury that needs to be dealt with by a professional.

If you’ve never injured your rotator cuff before, you might not know whether or not you truly have this injury or not. There are several symptoms that indicate that you might be looking at a rotator cuff injury, including intense pain in your shoulder. The rotator cuff is an area of muscles and tendons that help to connect your upper arm to your shoulder blade. If you’ve ever reached up to get something off of a high shelf or beaten your previous record in the back stroke, you have your rotator cuff to thank for that.

What most people don’t know about rotator cuff injuries is that they are usually able to be healed on their own. Because the cuff is only muscle and tendon, you can’t really put in a cast or prescribe medicine that will heal it like a broken bone or an ankle sprain. If you feel a searing pain when you attempt to lift your arm over your head, you should definitely let a doctor examine your muscle tissue and provide you with a sling to stabilize the area while the body attempts to heal itself. This might be painful, and will take a lot of patience.

If you are experiencing an unusual pain in your shoulder blade, your doctor will probably prescribe heat and ice treatments so that you can sleep and go about your day. If you are experiencing a throbbing pain, you can use ice or cold packs to numb the pain. If the pain is dull and aching, the heat will help it to melt away and loosen up the injured muscle. No matter what the causes or the symptoms are be sure that you request a doctor to look at the injury. In some cases surgery or more intensive rotator cuff treatments are required, and you don’t want to avoid them.

Kits Full of Ice

Every sports team has that one player. Everyone knows him. That one player who is great and so the coach keeps putting him in, but his body seems to be made of glass. He is so accident prone that he spends half the game on the sidelines sitting in a tub of ice water.

Now we have something that trainers can be very happy with, the Trainer’s Kit of Ice Wraps by ColdOne. This kit has 8 reusable pieces including wraps for hand, elbow, shoulder, knee back and anything else a person could think of. Hopefully, no athlete would need to use every one of these wraps. However now there is something for everyone on the team and for those players who end up with multiple injuries.

This kit is very useful and will be, again and again. Now there is now need to worry about running out of items for the trainers to use on their athletes. This kit carries some of our best product and easily pays for itself. No need to share ice packs any more coach!

Awful Looking, Awful Feeling, Ankle Swelling

So, there is this girl. Tomorrow, this girl has a date. Now what happens? She falls down the stairs. Uh oh. Her ankle is swollen and she can’t wear her favorite shoes. That won’t do, she needs to look perfect! Though a swollen ankle with pain should always be looked at by a doctor, there is not always much else a person can do but ice it and elevate.

This imaginary, particular girl decides to put on the Double Ice Ankle Ice Wrap by ProSeries for Ankle Swelling. She rests with her wrap on and her leg elevated on top of pillows and by the next day her swelling is down and the pain is dulled. Now her favorite shoes fit perfectly and her date need never know.

This product is a great buy for anyone. Everyone has accidents and many times they involve our quite fragile ankles. There is no need to reschedule your life around a swollen painful ankle. No customer will regret the purchase of a Double Ice Ankle Ice Wrap.

Pain is Not Discriminatory

It is not just athletes and active individuals that have to deal with pain. Headaches, backaches, neck aches and muscle pain are common to everyone. knows this and we carry a large supply of unique cold and hot packs and wraps. A very useful product is our Pressure Point Cold Therapy Packs. These packs aid in the relief of headaches, back aches and muscle soreness.

Combining pressure point therapy and cold therapy these packs are a must have. Many times, everyone gets that achy soreness that just won’t quit. A person can not get comfortable no matter what they do. These packs do the work for them.

Horrible pain can stop a person in their tracks and ruin their entire day. There is no need to deal with all that. Just take a little time out to rest with one of these packs and get up feeling great and being able to finish out your day on top.