Are you often troubled by that nagging shoulder pain? Well, it could be because of an injury to the soft tissues, muscles, tendons or ligaments housedwithin the shoulder. “Ignoring shoulder pain is the biggest mistake that you can do,” cautions Dr Ashwani Maichand, a leading orthopedic surgeon at Fortis Hospital. Here are some easy tips on how you can get rid of shoulder pain at home:
Shoulder pain often results from inflammation. Cold compression, therefore, works wonders as an immediate useful treatment. Keeping an ice pack (ice cubes in a plastic bag) over the injured area decreases the flow of blood to that region and relieves pain. Do it for at least 15 minutes for 2-3 times a day. You could also try a hot water bag to comfort the aching shoulder. A hot water shower also does a great job in curing stressed out muscles.
Another effective way of releasing stress and tension from the shoulders is having a gentle massage. Massaging will not only improve the circulation of blood, but will reduce stiffness and swelling to a great extent. You could use sesame oil, mustard oil, coconut oil or olive oil to gently squeeze the shoulder muscles. Put a warm towel on the affected area post the massage for best results.
Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom Salt bath is a tried-and-tested method to improve blood circulation and relieve stress. Simply soak your body in warm,magnesium-rich Epsom salt water for at least 25 minutes. Doing this for around 3 times a day will reduce shoulder pain considerably.
“You could strengthen the joint shoulder by providing it support using a brace or bandage”, states Dr Ashwani Maichand. Also, it is advised to take up light exercises while your shoulder is supported. This will help you restore a range of natural shoulder movements.
Physiotherapy and pain killers might be required if the pain persists and grows unbearable. Booking an appointment with a bone and joint specialist is, thus, recommended. You could also reach out to Dr Ashwani Maichand at Fortis Hospital for an accurate diagnosis and right treatment for your damaged shoulder joint.