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Non-operative treatment options for shoulder pain

There are several non-operative treatment options for shoulder pain, which may depend on the underlying cause of the pain. Some common non-operative treatments for shoulder pain include:

  1. Rest and activity modification: Reducing or modifying activities that cause pain and avoiding repetitive overhead movements can help reduce pain and inflammation.

  2. Physical therapy: Exercises and stretches can help to strengthen the muscles and improve range of motion in the shoulder. Physical therapy can also help to reduce pain and inflammation.

  3. Ice or heat therapy: Applying ice or heat to the shoulder can help to reduce pain and inflammation. Ice is typically used for acute injuries, while heat is more appropriate for chronic pain or stiffness.

  4. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen or naproxen can help to reduce pain and inflammation.

  5. Corticosteroid injections: Injections of corticosteroids can help to reduce inflammation and pain. However, they are typically only used for short-term relief.

  6. Acupuncture: Some people find that acupuncture can help to reduce pain and inflammation in the shoulder.

It is important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the underlying cause of the shoulder pain and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Author
Jeffrey Pearson

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