Inflammation is the body’s natural way of healing itself. If something is irritating a part of your body or there was damage done to something like your shoulder, inflammation will occur. The question is; how do you get rid of shoulder inflammation?
It’s nice to know that our bodies have our back when it comes to keeping bad things out but why does the process have to be so darn painful and how long does inflammation last? These and more questions will be answered below.
There are two main types of inflammation: acute and chronic. Acute inflammation is the body’s response to something irritating or ‘bad’. The body sends plasma and white blood cells to the area to protect the body from further harm and start healing.
Chronic inflammation is not good, as it can lead to various diseases and other problems. Basically, the body is showing signs of trouble with regenerating.
The symptoms for Chronic and Acute inflammation are different; here are a few of the most common.
For Acute: swelling, pain, inability to move your shoulder, redness of the area.
For Chronic: fever, not feeling hungry, losing sleep, and high blood pressure.
Most Common Causes
Some of the most common causes of shoulder inflammation are due to physical injuries. These can happen during sports such as football or can even happen from bumping in to a wall and hitting your arm wrong.
A lot of the time, the pain isn’t going to set in right away and can even happen during your sleep. Many people wake up with pain, not even realizing what they did. Sleeping wrong is another common reason people have shoulder inflammation.
Disorders can also lead to inflammation such as Arthritis, Anemia, Cancer or Atherosclerosis.
Applying heat or cold to the affected area can make your shoulder feel much better. Typically, applying pressure and elevating your shoulder are good ways to get the swelling to go down.
As with any bodily injury, rest is important. Your body heals itself most when you’re sleeping; so keep this in mind when you’re avoiding catching some needed Z’s.
Taking anti-inflammatory drugs such as Aspirin can help but may only mask the problem. If the problem persists, it’s time to see your doctor.
Speak To Your Doctor
If it’s been a few days and the pain isn’t getting any better or is getting worse you may need to be examined in order to get rid of shoulder inflammation. Your shoulder many need some physical therapy and anti-inflammatory drugs may need to be prescribed that are a bit stronger that the OTC drugs. If the situation is bad enough, surgery may be required.