Reasons and Treatment for Shoulder and Upper Arm Pain

Pain in the upper arm and shoulder is probably the most frequently heard problem. And since it is that frequent, it calls for some serious action from us. What causes severe discomfort in our shoulders? The reasons range anywhere between usual strains from overexertion to serious problems like dislocation. The instability in the shoulder joints is yet another major reason for excruciating pain in the upper arm.  Frozen shoulder, fracture in upper-arm bones and tendonitis from overuse form a huge base for the constant aching of a shoulder.

People who play rugby or are in martial arts should take special care of this part of their body because the risk is very high. Also, the ones suffering from overactive thyroid and diabetes are at a high risk of pain in the upper arm or shoulder. The diagnosis for shoulder and upper arm pain is done in various ways depending upon the severity of the issue. X-rays, MRI and Blood Tests help you know what kind of problem you are actually dealing with.


There are various treatments for this problem that may vary depending on the type of problem.

Many doctors prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to their patients for the treatment of soft tissue shoulder pain. To heal your pain you can rub ice on the area of pain. Moist heats too can relax the discomfort. Physiotherapy and movement exercise is yet another way of getting rid of the pain.

Another remedy for the shoulder pain is acupressure if the pain is not due to fracture of bones, serious injury or dislocation. In this therapy, the pressure is applied to the acupoints that increase blood circulation and stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. Acu-points are given in the figure. All these points are bi-focal that means both sides of the body. Details on how to apply pressure on the point are given at “How to apply pressure on acupoints?”

For severe problems, you should see a doctor.

Precaution: If you are suffering from any chronic disease, long-standing illness or from a disorder involving tissue change or degeneration, you should not do acupoint stimulation. You should not apply pressure on acupoints before or after 1/2 hour of taking a hot water bath or taking a meal.

Information provided by acupressure specialist Mr.M.R.Monga. He is 85 years old ( Now he is 93 Years old) and has a vast knowledge of acupressure and treated thousands of people free of charge.