Shoulder Pain Relief: Treatment Options for Long-Term Recovery

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If you have been suffering from shoulder pain, fret not! Here are some treatment options you should consider to aid your shoulder pain, before you visit a shoulder pain specialist Singapore. Traditionally, shoulder pain treatment in Singapore consists of physiotherapy, medication, joint injections and lastly, surgery.

Home Remedies:

Consider these home remedies before seeking a shoulder pain specialist Singapore:

  • Ice
    • Wrap ice or an ice pack in a cloth and place it on the shoulder for about 15 minutes. Repeat this action 3 to 4 times a day, ensuring at least 15 minutes of rest between each time you ice your shoulder. After 2 to 3 days, allow your shoulder to rest for the next few days, and monitor the pain on your shoulder. If the pain persists, you should seek a medical professional. [1]
  • Medication
    • When experiencing shoulder pain, medication you should consider taking would be Ibuprofen or paracetamol, all the while taking note of the rightful dosage of each type of medication. If, after medication, the pain persists, you should seek a medical professional. [1]

Minimally Invasive Treatment Options:

In the case where the above home remedies did not work, you should consider heading down to a shoulder pain specialist. The Orthopaedic & Pain Practice clinic offers shoulder pain treatment in Singapore. Below is a list of some minimally invasive treatment options that are done at The Orthopaedic & Pain Practice clinic.

  • Shoulder Artery Embolisation
    • This is a minimally invasive procedure in which spherical particles are injected into the artery in the shoulder to create a blockage, through the use of a catheter. The particles are injected at the site in the shoulder where pain is brought about. Through this process, pain in the shoulder experienced by patients is greatly reduced. This type of treatment is typically used to treat patients with shoulder pain due to frozen shoulders.
  • Shoulder Joint Injection of steroids/Autologous Protein Solution (APS)
    • APS is a protein injection that involves the harvesting of proteins in the patient’s blood which is later injected into the joints. APS is designed to treat pain, slow the progression of cartilage degradation and the destruction of the joint, thus treating the pain caused by osteoarthritis. This is a non-surgical option that patients with shoulder osteoarthritis can consider. [2]
    • Alternatively, injection of steroids (cortisone) into the shoulder joint helps to reduce the pain felt in the shoulder by reducing inflammation. The injection can be administered either at the bursa, the fluid filled sac inside your shoulder, or at the joint. Bursa injections are typically used to treat pain from rotator cuff tendinitis, bursitis and other inflammatory diseases, while joint injections are used to target pain caused by frozen shoulders or joint arthritis. [3, 4]
  • Suprascapular Nerve Ablation
    • Through ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance, radiofrequency waves are applied to the nerves in the shoulder to reduce the pain felt in the shoulder for a longer period. This procedure is relatively short. This form of treatment is mainly used if you are experiencing shoulder pain, a rotator cuff injury or scapular (shoulder blade) pain. [5]

Prevention Techniques

After recovering from treatment for shoulder pain, it is very important to understand and know how to prevent shoulder pain from recurring. Below are some steps you should take in order to prevent experiencing shoulder pain again: [6]

  • Know when to stop
    • When exercising and if you begin to start feeling sharp, unusual pain, do not ignore it and consult a doctor if it does not go away.
  • Exercising the right way
    • Be sure to warm up sufficiently before exercise. This is extremely crucial as warming up helps to prepare the body for exercise, which is very important as it reduces the risk of serious injuries and muscle soreness.
  • Regular Exercise
    • Through regular exercise, the strength and flexibility of the shoulder can increase, which also reduces the risk of injuries.

If you are looking for shoulder pain treatment in Singapore, you should seek a shoulder pain specialist. Singapore such as our specialists at the Orthopaedic and Pain Practice.

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