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NYC Shoulder Care Best Options – All Testing Done on Site

Posted on Mon, Oct 7, 2013 @ 09:10 AM

NYC Shoulder Care Best Options – All Testing Done on Site 

Most medical specialists frequently recommend various shoulder care options. Normally, shoulder care treatments involve plenty of rest, compression, medications, and eventually surgery, particularly if the shoulder injury is exceedingly serious. To determine the severity of the injury, a drop-arm on-site test is performed.

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The following are effective solutions that are widely suggested by reputable orthopedists:

RICE Treatment

Individuals with shoulder pain should take the following steps:

- Rest: Relax or stop using the injured shoulder for at least 48 hours.

- Ice: Put an ice pack on the injured shoulder and its surrounding area for 20 to 25 minutes at a time. This should be conducted approximately 4 to 8 times per day. Use an ice bag, a frozen vegetable pack, a bag filled with crushed ice or ice cubes, or a cold pack. Avoid putting ice directly on the affected areas.

- Compression: This step helps alleviate swelling and can be done by using elastic bandages

- Elevation: Keep the injured shoulder and its surrounding areas elevated above the level of the heart. This can be done by using a pillow to raise the shoulder.

It is imperative that the patient consult his doctor immediately if the aforementioned shoulder care options do not work effectively. Patients can tell RICE steps do not work if the stiffness and pain continue.

Pain Medications

Over-the-counter or prescribed pain medications can often help lessen shoulder pain and inflammation. These medications include NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and even paracetamol. Sometimes, orthopedists may also recommend a steroid, also known as cortisone, injection.

Surgery and Rehabilitation

Surgeries are usually the last shoulder care options. If a patient has a torn rotator cuff, an orthopedist will perform specialist shoulder surgery to repair the tear. Thereafter, the orthopedic surgeon will refer the patient to a physical therapist, so that he can undergo rehabilitation immediately. Rehabilitation entails numerous activities to restore a patient’s standard shoulder motion and function. Additionally, the exercises and activities help reduce shoulder pain.

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