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Shoulder pain

Does your shoulder hurt when you are doing things overhead? What are the best treatments for shoulder pain?

The first thing that your doctor has to determine is whether the pain is coming from the neck or the shoulder itself. Shoulder pain is usually made worse when performing activities overhead or reaching behind you. Shoulder pain that originates from the neck is often times aggravated when you move your head forward, backward or rotate it from side to side. Of course, some patients will have pain from both areas.

Before starting treatment for shoulder pain it is important to determine the cause of the problem. Is the pain from a tendon, a bursa or a joint? Non-surgical treatments can include cortisone injections, anti-inflammatory medications, ice or heat and physical therapy.

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