Consumer Reports on Shoulder Pain

Consumer Reports is one of the last remaining bastions of professional not-for-profit reviews, which makes its advice on medical issues especially noteworthy. Unlike heavily sponsored websites such as WebMD, CR accepts no advertising whatsoever and weighs nothing but the best medical evidence when it publishes recommendations.

So it’s worth listening the organization when it issues guidelines such as these, covering the best ways to manage shoulder pain without shoulder surgery. (It’s also worth recording what the organization says you should avoid, including controversial measures like cervical traction and frequent steroid injections.) This first piece of advice is also the simplest:

Support your neck while you sleep by lying on your back with one or more pillows beneath your knees and a small pillow under your head; doing so keeps your neck and head in a neutral position. If you need further relief, our Best Buy Drugs analysis suggests trying over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen (Advil and generic) or naproxen (Aleve and generic).

And when basic rest and OTC medications measures no longer resolve your shoulder pain, then it’s time to visit an orthopedic specialist. Contact AOSM today to learn more about the best best shoulder pain treatments in San Diego.

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