For many patients suffering from shoulder problems, symptoms unfortunately extend beyond the normal activities of waking hours. The presence of shoulder pain at night is a common complaint that can seriously impact a patient’s quality of life. Pain makes it challenging to get comfortable, fall asleep and stay asleep – all of which can have negative repercussions. To make matters worse, the problem can also impact loved ones who share a bed with someone who is tossing and turning all night.
What’s to blame for shoulder pain at nighttime? Typically the answer is inflammation. Inflammation may be caused by a number of different conditions, such as arthritis of the shoulder, rotator cuff injuries and shoulder impingement. Prolonged inflammation can also lead to a condition called frozen shoulder.
Fortunately, there are treatment options available to help patients experiencing nighttime shoulder pain. One common solution that is successful for many patients is a cortisone shot that is injected directly into the shoulder, reducing inflammation and relieving pain. For some patients, a cortisone shot will completely eliminate symptoms. For others, it may help with dramatically reducing nighttime shoulder pain for weeks or months at a time. In addition, conservative treatment options such as using over-the-counter pain relievers (NSAIDs) and icing the affected area before bedtime may be recommended as well. Physical therapy is another option for some patients in order to reduce pain and inflammation.
While rare, severe shoulder pain at night may require surgery if it is caused by a serious underlying problem such as a torn rotator cuff or bony spurs (an effect of shoulder arthritis).
Are You Suffering From Nighttime Shoulder Pain?
If shoulder pain is keeping you from getting the quality sleep you need, it is time to get the expert diagnosis and treatment necessary to tackle the problem. While everyone may experience occasional soreness or shoulder pain from time to time, you should seek medical attention if shoulder pain lasts more than a week, as it is usually a sign of a more serious underlying problem.
Contact our office today at 212-628-9600 to learn more about treatment options for nighttime shoulder pain or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mendoza. We look forward to helping you get the pain-free night’s sleep you deserve.