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   Shoulder Pain
 
Definition:
Pain in or around the shoulder joint
 
Medical terms related to Shoulder pain :
Shoulder pain
 
Common causes of Shoulder pain: 
o Sprain
o Tendinitis (Inflammation of a tendon)
o Arthritis
o Dislocation
o Angina
o Heart Attack
o Shingles (Called also Herpes zoster, Zona, Zoster)
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Bursitis:
Bursa is a small serous sac between a tendon and a bone. Bursitis means inflammation of the bursa (as of the shoulder or elbow).
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Rotator Cuff Disease:
Damage to one or more of the four tendons that stabilize the shoulder joint.
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Frozen shoulder syndrome:
Pain or difficulty in motion of the shoulder due to stiffened muscles, or connective structures inside the shoulder.

Other Causes of Shoulder pain:
o Lung Cancer
o Bone Tumor
o Brachial Plexus Injury
o Cartilage Tear
o Cervical Radiculopathy
o Fracture
o Irritation Under Diaphragm
o Septic Arthritis
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Referral pain:
e.g. cholecystitis (swelling and irritation of the gallbladder), or Pericarditis (inflammation of the pericardium, a serous membrane that encloses the heart and the roots of the great blood vessels ).

 

Call 911 or go to the hospital if Shoulder pain is accompanied by: 
o Sudden pressure or crushing pain in the shoulder
o shortness of breath, dizziness or sweating

 
Call your doctor if Shoulder pain is accompanied by: 
o Fever, swelling, or redness
o Inability to use the joint
o Chronic shoulder pain, more than 1-2 weeks

 
Prevention and self-care: 
If you injure a shoulder, try the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation):

o Rest—Reduce or stop using the injured area for 48 hours.
o Ice—Put an ice pack on the injured area for 20 minutes at a time, 4 to 8 times per day. Use a cold pack, ice bag, or a plastic bag filled with crushed ice that has been wrapped in a towel.
o Compression—Compress the area with bandages, such as an elastic wrap, to help stabilize the shoulder. This may help reduce the swelling.
o Elevation—Keep the injured area elevated above the level of the heart. Use a pillow to help elevate the injury.

 
Medications for Shoulder pain may include: 
o Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (Nsaids)
o Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
o Valdecoxib (Bextra)
o Celecoxib (Celebrex)
o Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Medipren, Nuprin
o Naproxen, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Anaprox, Aleve
o Acetylsalicylic Acid, Aspirin, Ecotrin
o Antipyretics, Analgesics
o Rofecoxib (Vioxx)
   
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