The shoulder is a complex joint with many moving parts. Over time, excessive movement and stress can lead to pain and reduced movement in the shoulder. Natural aging can also have its effects.
We handle pain management for shoulder pains and conditions on a daily basis. It is one of the most common areas of pain in the human body. Aside from doctors being able to help you with the pain you are feeling, you should try to consider other options. Nutrition, stretching, and exercising the joint are always recommended to patients in our practice to supplement the medication they are using and, hopefully, get them off it for good in the future.
Before taking the advice we give you in this post, you should talk to your doctor. Only they can recommend what is best for your health based on your specific situation. Talk to them first! If you are looking for a consultation and live in our area, you can always get in touch with us.
How do shoulder pains start?
Before getting into how we are able to remedy our pain, it is important to understand where it came from and how it started. Shoulder pain can develop slowly, or happen suddenly.
One of the leading causes of shoulder pain that we see all the time is weightlifting and bodybuilding. Sudden intense stress on joints is not good for you if you aren’t equipping your body to handle it properly. Make sure you do sufficient stretching and practice with very low weight so that you are doing your lifts properly and preventing damage. It can be very easy to damage your joints, and very difficult to fix them.
Another leading cause of pains in the shoulder is degeneration of the tissue in the rotator cuff. You may think this only happens with an injury, like described above, but that isn’t always the case.
As our bodies naturally age, our joint muscles, and ligaments can become weaker and deteriorate. Though there is no way to reverse the natural aging process, there are ways that you can prevent degeneration and strengthen your various muscle groups.
Nutrition is an easy way to reduce shoulder pain
Aside from the various strength and conditioning exercises available to promote strong joints, proper dieting and nutrition can also assist you. Many prefer incorporating good nutrition because there is no time commitment that we have to work into our busy schedules. It’s more about clean eating and making healthy choices during your daily routines.
The nutritional values that you should focus on vary depending on the type of injury you have.
Pain caused by muscle tears
Vitamin C is an amazing help when trying to remedy pain brought about by a muscle tear; common in the rotator cuff. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrient. You’ve probably taken high doses of it to prevent a common cold or a sore throat. It’s good for that, too.
Your body also utilizes Vitamin C in the formation of collagen, which is an essential connective tissue that helps your body in mending itself.
If you are looking for a boost in Vitamin C, you can work these foods into your diet:
- Bell peppers
- Citrus fruits
- Brussels sprouts
You don’t have to go crazy. Simply adding some of these foods to your diet in the form of a side dish or a healthy snack will help tremendously. Our bodies don’t need excessive amounts of anything, including vitamins.
Let us know what you think about our advice. We would love to hear from you. As always, get in touch with us anytime.