|Andrew F. Kuntz, MD|
Unfortunately for many, shoulder pain and the nagging discomfort that accompanies it have led to countless sleepless nights.
Sleep is a critical component to good health. Tossing and turning throughout the night can cause you to be less active and mentally exhausted during the day. It can even reduce the time it takes your body to recovery from injuries.
One of the most common shoulder injuries, a torn rotator cuff is often the source of intense pain and restlessness. The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles that connect the upper arm to the shoulder blade. You may have gotten this from wear and tear over time or from some type of quick motion that led to a tear.
It’s Time to Get Your Zzz’sThe good news is that there are things you can do on your own and with your doctor to break the cycle. With changes to your lifestyle – and possibly medication – you should be able to get back to enjoying a good night’s rest.
"Depending on the type of injury, adjustments in sleeping posture, anti-inflammatory medication, heating pads and ice packs can all help to relax a painful shoulder," said Andrew F. Kuntz, MD, shoulder surgeon at Penn Orthopaedics. "However, if those non-operative treatments are unsuccessful, it’s time to seek medical atten
If you have shoulder problems, the Penn Shoulder Service provides comprehensive care and surgery. Surgery is typically recommended if:
Symptoms last more than six to 12 months
- Your tendon tear is bigger than three centimeters
- You experience significant weakness/ loss of function
- Your tendon tear was caused by a traumatic injury
"If you're tired of the pain and wakefulness, the specialists at Penn Medicine can help,” said Dr. Kuntz. "Our nationally and internationally recognized orthopaedic specialists create and use the latest advances in shoulder diagnosis, treatment, surgery and rehabilitation to get you back to living pain-free."
Schedule an appointment today.