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Best Sleeping Position For Shoulder Pain
No best answer: The real question is what is the shoulder pain from? Is it inflammation of a bursa in the shoulder, muscle related or even a tendon tear? The possibility of a referred pain into the shoulder from neck joints(facets) or nerve roots is also possible. Finding the underlying problem is the first task. Then making sure your laying in a position that will not worsen that underlying pathology. ...Read more
Shoulder pain is multifactorial. It can be from bone issues -- like arthritis. It can be from muscle tendon issues -- like a torn rotator cuff, or when a tendon is inflammed. It can also be from nerve issues -- like a bulging disk in your spine. Each diagnosis ...Read more
Anything Comfortable: You should just listen to your body and sleep in a comfortable position. Your doc and/or physical therapist may have some more specific suggestions depending on the specifics of your injury but comfort is a good guide. (most will find laying on their back with their arm resting on a pillow. Some, who cannot sleep on their back, find using a recliner and pillow to work well.). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sleeping & sitting: It depends on the timing after surgery. Also the type of surgical approach that was used. If you are at least 6 weeks out from surgery you should be able to sit or sleep in any position that you desire. If you are in the immediate post op period, that is less than 6 weeks, these positions would be determined by the surgical approach. You should talk with your surgeon to determine the approach. ...Read more
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Treated a long standing pain and numbness at right scapula with chiropractic, massage therapy and acupuncture. Pain moved to the front of shoulder?
Experiment: Yoga is a way to stretch. Keeping your "core" (tummy and back muscles) limber and strong can help reduce back pain. Experiment with the movements and positions. Choose those that work the "core." a little discomfort is okay. If a position is really uncomfortable (during or after), try something different. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many options: Shoulder blade pain can come from multiple sources. This area can have pain referred from the neck and shoulder along with multiple other areas. If only when you are sleeping on the floor, i would consider trying a pillow that allows a more neutral position for your neck and head first and then look at other possibilities. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the cause/duration/severity. If it is a recent injury, a short course of anti inflammatory medication may be helpful in reducing the pain and inflammation. Non medication options may be just as helpful, i.e. Ice, physical therapy, rest. Other options may include an injection(depending on cause). If pain persists discuss with your md for a diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan. ...Read more
Floats SIJ: Back pain relieved by a pillow between the legs while sleeping on the side suggests problem of the sacroiliac joint. Between 13 ; 30% of chronic low back pain arises from this joint when it is injured and hypermobile. The pillow stabilizes and floats the uppermost sij, thereby relieving mechanical stress on ligaments that hold this joint together. ...Read more
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