Shoulder pain is very unpleasant and can affect any muscles, tendons and ligaments in and around your shoulder. Sometimes the pain is so unbearable, making you unable to work and live properly.
It may occur in any age and everyone can experience this problem, but people who sit prolonged hours and use laptops and computers are more prone to this condition.
Many factors can lead to this problem. Usually it is injury of the soft tissues, including muscles, ligaments and tendons. This might happen due to repetitive use or overuse injury.
Shoulder pain can occur if some other body part is hurt, for example – neck or biceps. Other conditions that may cause pain in shoulder are arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, bone spurs, torn cartilage or a broken shoulder bone, frozen shoulder and spinal cord injury.
Sometimes, the pain can be caused by diseases of the cervical spine in the neck as well as liver, heart or gallbladder disease.
Pain can be accompanied with swelling and difficulty moving the shoulder and tenderness around the joint.
If you feel pain in your shoulder, you may treat it at home, but if the pain is persistent, it is advised to visit your doctor. If the pain in severe and unbearable, you must get the diagnosis from your doctor.
Home remedies for treating shoulder pain
Epsom Salt Bath
Epson Salt is rich in magnesium sulfate and it improves blood circulation and helps relax stressed shoulder muscles. Also, it relieves stress from the entire body. Fill your bathtub with warm water and add 2 cups of Epsom salt. Soak in the tub and keep your shoulder submerged for 25 minutes. Repeat the process up to 3, times a week.
Turmeric is excellent remedy for relieving shoulder pain. The curcumin in turmeric is rich in antioxidant and in anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce pain and swelling.
Prepare a paste: mix 2 tbsp. of turmeric powder and 1 or more coconut oil. Apply this paste onto the aching muscle and let it dry. Rinse off with warm water. Repeat the process twice a day until the pain is gone.
Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to 1 cup of milk and boil it. Add honey to get the sweet taste and drink it twice a day.
You can also take 250 to 500 mg turmeric capsules up to 3 times a day. Always consult your doctor before taking the pills.
Note: Avoid excessive intake of turmeric if you take blood-thinning medicine.