They should move away from the thought that I will take painkillers now it will be stopped. Because, in case of delay in treatment, patients who cannot use their arms sufficiently due to chronic pain, weakness in shoulder muscles and limitation of shoulder joint movements may have difficulty even in their simple activities in daily life. ”
The shoulder, which is the most mobile joint in the human body, is also among the areas most susceptible to injury due to its range of motion. The health of this region, which has an important function, can be neglected. Especially during the pandemic process, the inactivity that comes with the increase in time spent at homes triggered such questions more. Stating that one of the most important reasons for the common shoulder pain is the complex anatomical structure of the shoulder joint and its being a common joint, Romatem Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Specialist Dr. Imdat Özkul emphasized that the pains should be taken into consideration.
Delay in treatment can cause serious problems
Özkul said, “The osseous structures in the shoulder joint do not contribute much to the strength of the shoulder joint. This is achieved by the soft tissues around the shoulder joint, consisting of capsule, ligament, tendon, bursa and muscles. This situation causes frequent soft tissue lesions in the shoulder. Shoulder pain can turn into a more serious condition if there is a delay in treatment.
Severe shoulder pain that does not sleep at night and does not respond to painkillers can be a sign of a serious disease such as an infection and a tumor. Metabolic and endocrine diseases that cause shoulder pain are at the forefront of serious, chronic diseases. In this case, neck hernias causing nerve compression and damage to the muscular nerves around the shoulder, weakness in the shoulder muscles may occur and patients may develop permanent paralysis if treatment is delayed. It should be kept in mind that diseases of important organs such as heart, lung, liver, stomach, gall bladder and diaphragm can also cause reflected pain in the shoulder area. For these reasons, shoulder pain should not be neglected and a doctor should be consulted immediately. ”
How is the diagnosis and treatment done?
Dr. Özkul continued his words as follows: “Most of the shoulder pain is caused by soft tissue. Magnetic resonance (MRI) imaging of the shoulder provides detailed analysis opportunity to evaluate the soft tissues and bone structures in the shoulder. X-ray film (x-ray) can be requested in elderly patients where calcification is expected and in case of trauma. Other tests and imaging tools may be requested depending on the situation. Physical therapy and rehabilitation practices are the main treatments for most of the pathologies causing shoulder pain. In cases requiring surgery, it is possible to take the physical therapy program before and after the operation. In the long-term control of shoulder disorders, it is extremely important to protect the joint, to avoid strenuous activities and to exercise regularly. “