Shoulder

Pain around the shoulder(s).

  • Shoulder pain

Common causes

Shoulder pain is not always related to an underlying condition. It may be caused by:

  • Injury or trauma to the shoulder muscles
  • Strenuous exercise or lifting heavy objects

Treatment

Self Treatment

Self-treatment: Self- care steps that may be helpful in some less- serious cases:

  • Correct your posture
  • Avoid lifting objects overhead until pain improves
  • Place an icepack on the painful muscle for 15- 20 minutes

Doctor

See a doctor if you notice:

  • In addition to pain, the shoulder is swollen, red, tender and feels warm around the joint

Urgent

See a doctor immediately if you notice:

  • Shoulder pain is accompanied by breathing difficulties and chest tightness
  • Shoulder pain is as a result of injury and the joint appears deformed, the arm cannot be extended, there is sudden swelling and intense pain

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