My shoulder pain wakes me up at night. What should I do?

Many adults have shoulder pain that only bothers them when they lift their arm overhead or try to reach behind their back. Or they might have pain when they lift something heavy. Often they can simply manage the pain by avoiding certain activities. If your shoulder pain is worse, and you think to yourself, “My shoulder pain wakes me up at night. What should I do?” watch this video for possible causes and treatment options.

My shoulder pain wakes me up at night. What should I do?

Many shoulder injuries can cause shoulder pain at night, such as a rotator cuff tear, labral tear, adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) and others. It can also occur with shoulder impingement. Often with these shoulder injuries, physical therapy, rest, anti-inflammatory medications, home exercises and more can get you somewhat better. Sometimes, though, the pain at night is slow to resolve.

"Doctor, my shoulder pain keeps me awake at night!"

In this video, I discuss the treatment options you might discuss with your doctor, including physical therapy, cortisone shots, and surgery. If shoulder pain is keeping you awake at night, consider seeing an orthopedic surgeon to learn the cause and plan your treatment.

Also read:
How do I know if my shoulder injury is serious?
Signs your shoulder injury is serious

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