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Shoulder Pain
Abstract

“…….Just like the famous Greek Titan ATLAS carrying the heavens on his shoulders, we carry the weight of OUR world on our shoulders. The Shoulders represent strength and responsibility and we can often gauge how well a person is coping with his responsibilities in life just by looking at their posture.”

Shoulder pain is the third most common Musculoskeletal disorder for which patients visit the doctor. It is characterised by stiffness, pain and restricted range of movements of the shoulder joint. The pain can be acute in origin, for e.g. after an injury to the shoulder or it may be slow and gradual in its development, for e.g in the case of a frozen shoulder or rotator cuff disorders or a crystal induced pain.

Who is more commonly affected by shoulder pain?

  • Athletes
  • People in the age group of 40 to 70
  • More often in females especially post-Menopause
  • People with chronic diseases like Diabetes, Rheumatism
  • People with high Uric Acid
  • People with Bad posture, lack of exercise

The conditions which cause shoulder pain are

  • Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive capsulitis
  • Rotator Cuff disorders: Tear, Bursitis, Tendinitis, Calcification in the Shoulder Joint
  • Acromio-clavicular Joint Disorders
  • Injury

How to treat Shoulder Pain

  • Understand the cause
  • Understand the treatment options
  • Appropriate Exercise and Nutrition
Understand the Cause :

A brief history of the onset of pain and its modalities is often enough to understand the cause of the shoulder pain. The cause can be further confirmed by thorough examination of the shoulder joint and the complete range of movements. In cases of Calcific tendinitis of the shoulder, an X-ray would be necessary to confirm the diagnosis. In cases of a tear in the Rotator cuff Muscles, an MRI would be essential to evaluate the extent of the tear.

The causes are :

  • Injury/ Fall
  • Bad posture/ Lack of exercise
  • Chronic diseases like Diabetes, Rheumatism
  • Calcification in the shoulder joint.
Understand the Treatments available :

1. 1. Homoeopathy : Homeopathic medication can help in early and better quality healing of the injured or weak tissue and restore its normal functions. Contrary to popular myth that homeopathic medications are slow to act, when the correct medication is prescribed the relief starts instantaneously. It also helps recovery of the tissues after a surgery to prevent unwanted pain and stiffness of the joint.>

2. Acupuncture : Traditional Chinese acupuncture is well known for its ability to relieve pain and stiffness when applied correctly. It can substantially reduce the time required to heal stubborn shoulder conditions like Calcific tendinitis of the shoulder and Frozen shoulder.

3. Herbal Tinctures : When shoulder pain is a result of chronic diseases like diabetes, rheumatism or high uric acid, herbal tinctures help by way of stimulating the metabolism of the excess sugar, uric acid and help in reducing the inflammation in the body.

Appropriate Exercise and Nutrition

1. Healing Exercises : For complete recovery from a joint disorder the right exercise at the right time is a must. Apart from exercises of the affected joint, attention must be given to exercises which help the entire body like special breathing exercises and meridian exercises.

2. Appropriate Nutrition : During the course of treatment, it is important to supplement the patient with the right nutrition for optimal muscle and bone healing. Apart from vitamin deficiencies, the diet must include healing foods which help strengthen the bones and muscles naturally.

Shoulder Pain can be treated naturally, safely and effectively in a short period of time with this Holistic Treatment Approach. Except cases where there has been a complete tear of the muscles, surgery is NOT required to treat the pain.