Did you know that your shoulder is one of the most flexible joints in your body? However, as such, it is prone to injury. In fact, there is a long list of potential conditions that may be causing your shoulder pain - ranging from a slight strain to a rotator cuff injury. The good news is that when you're dealing with common stress and strain in your shoulders, there's an easy and effective solution to help you overcome it. Heat therapy, nature's original pain reliever, can help ease discomfort in your shoulders and more.
Read on to discover what's helpful to know about shoulder pain:
One potential cause of discomfort in the shoulder is the wear and tear of tissue that tends to happen with age. As you get older, those shoulder tissues break down and don't support your joints the way they once could. Sometimes shoulder pain is the result of an injury in the another part of the body nearby, such as the neck or back. As the shoulder tries to compensate for those areas, it may cause added stress. Overuse or bending or moving your shoulder the wrong way may also result in discomfort. Pinching a nerve or dislocating the shoulder are other possible causes of pain.
While aches may be more common among those who engage in physical labor each day, tight and stiff shoulders may be likely among those who sit or stand at a computer desk each day. Without that regular movement or range of motion, the muscles tend to tighten up.
If your shoulder pain is the result of a sudden injury such as a pull or strain from sports, lifting or other physical activity, it's best to ice the area right away until the swelling goes down. One convenient solution that offers both hot and cold therapy is the Sunbeam® Body-Shaped Heating Pad with Hot & Cold Pack. Designed to conform to the area of your body that needs heating or cooling therapy, this cold pack is great for helping to reduce swelling and improve blood circulation after an injury. The removable hot/cold gel pack even enables on-the-go therapy.