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Shoulder pain is a fairly frequent occurrence and it is quite useful to know how to distinguish the alarming kind of pain that requires medical attention from the one that will go away on its own without complications.

What can cause shoulder pain?

Arthritis is one of the possible causes of shoulder pain. Should a joint become inflamed, sore, swollen and stiff, chances are that they might suffer from arthritis. When the shoulder is affected by arthritis, aside from the mentioned symptoms that apply to it, the inability to move the shoulder properly is another, as are redness and warmth of the area.

Another way that may lead to shoulder pain is if one sustains an injury during some kind of physical activity or while doing sports. This is usually due to the lack of proper warm up and cooling down. The intensity of the pain depends on how serious the injury is. Aside from the pain, the affected shoulder may also go through swelling, reduced arm mobility and finally, it may even end up dislocated.

If the dislocation does occur and the shoulder ends up displaced from its normal position, one needn’t worry whether they will accurately recognize the condition, as the injury will be quite visible. The shoulder will be extremely bruised and the pain is always pretty sharp, no matter how serious the dislocation truly is.

Finally, the reason for the pain in the shoulder can be the condition called myofascial pain syndrome. Basically, having this condition is synonymous with experiencing muscle pain. Therefore, it means that any kind of injury to the muscle or ligament, like a sprain or stretching. The pain that this injury entails may as well be regarded as chronic because it persists for a very long time. The muscles and the entire shoulder area are stiff and sore and very sensitive to touch.

What to do when experiencing shoulder pain?

Unless, the pain is very severe and the injury looks quite serious from the start, one needn’t visit the doctor straight away.  A moderate injury like a sprain or bruising is can easily be taken care of with some home care, like applying ice packs and cold compresses and restricting the movement in order to give the hand some time to heal.

However, if the pain persists and the shoulder doesn’t appear to at least begin the healing process, seeking medical attention is quite necessary. Sometimes the issue will be treated with some painkillers, while other times it may require physical therapy.

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