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Non-surgical Shoulder Treatments

Shoulder injuries can often be treated by non-surgical methods including the following:

Resting the Affected Shoulder

Rest plays an important role in restoring shoulder health and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Usually, a sling is worn to keep the arm immobile and stable. You should try to avoid using the injured arm as straining the injured shoulder may lead to future complications. Physical rest can also help keep inflammation under control.

Ice and Heat Treatment

Ice causes vasoconstriction which minimizes the flow of blood and lymph fluids to the area thereby reducing inflammation and pain. Application of an ice pack over the affected area in 20-minute intervals during the first 48 hours, along with elevating the shoulder above the heart can help reduce inflammation and pain in the region. Once the inflammation recedes, the application of heat can help improve the blood flow around the region to promote healing.

In addition, we offer an extensive series of nonsurgical treatment methods to help you reduce your pain and restore your shoulder function. These include:

Medications

This often involves the use of analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs to help relieve pain and swelling. In some cases, oral steroids may be prescribed to ease the pain and reduce inflammation.

Cortisone Injections

Cortisone injections are steroids that are injected into the concerned joint space, bursa, or the region around a swollen tendon. This helps in reducing the inflammation quickly and easing pain. In some cases, imaging techniques such as ultrasound may be used by your doctor to guide the needle to the exact location while injecting the medication.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is beneficial to shoulder restoration. The therapy can help in strengthening the shoulder joint and restoring its functionality. It can also help with the prevention of recurring shoulder pain after the injury is treated. Moreover, physical therapy can help you learn proper shoulder movements, lifting techniques, and exercises that help reduce unnecessary strain on the joint during every-day activities again preventing future discomfort or injury.

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • North Pacific Orthopaedic Society