I have been suffering from severe shoulder pain for a month now. Although I ignored the gnawing discomfort for a long time, the pain steadily increased and is now close to being unbearable. I am finding it difficult to move my arms up and down, and I find some swelling in front of my arms. As well, at night the pain increases when I lie down in bed. What can I do to get some relief? Please help.
Your symptoms indicate you may be suffering from rotator cuff tendinitis, an inflammation of the tendons and muscles that attach the upper arm to the shoulder blade. If rotator cuff tendinitis is your problem it may have occurred due to your sleeping with a shoulder in one position. Many people won’t realize a problem such as this exists until persistent strain of the rotator cuff reaches a tipping point and pain becomes unbearable.
Tendinitis occurs among athletes and non-athletes alike. Anyone is at risk who persistently stresses a joint and surrounding tendons and muscles with repeated rotation. Also at risk are those who hold a joint in a static position for long periods of time. Although the condition can occur at any joint, problems and pains are reported typically at the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and heels.
Nicknames for tendinitis at particular joints many times refer to the sport in which it occurs, such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, pitcher’s shoulder, swimmer’s shoulder, or jumper’s knee.
Many of the tendon and muscle injuries can be treated effectively using external massage or therapeutic sticky athletic tapes or sprays. More serious cases, however, require surgery.
Rotator cuff tendinitis can cause swelling and irritation on the front of the shoulder and side of the arm. You will find it difficult to raise or lower your hand, and stiffness is very common. Pain may spread to your back as the problem becomes more severe. In time you will find it difficult to move your arms at all. Acute pain may need careful handling, and if needed, always get help from a person trained to do body work.
Several solutions recommended for rotator cup tendinitis include the following:
For the initial treatments, soak a cloth in warm water and use the warm, wet compress to massage the affected area. Later on, using therapeutic tape will also reduce pain if it is in the beginning stage. Therapeutic tapes are water-resistant and flexible and stress-resistant to withstand workouts if you choose to exercise during the healing process