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Shoulder pain from sleeping

I have been suffering from shoulder pain at night which wakes me up from my sleep at least 2-3 times. I am able to drive but if it is long drives then I do notice shoulder discomfort. My job is a desk job, it doesn’t require any over head activity. I do prefer sleeping on the side. I don’t do any gym exercises nor do I swim regularly. I don’t remember injuring my shoulder or having had any fall or trauma to my shoulder. Then why am I getting shoulder pain at night. How to treat this night time shoulder pain. Can exercises help solve this shoulder pain at night..if yes, which shoulder exercises should I do.
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  • 'Sam' on
  • 07/11/2014
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  • 1 Answer

Answered By:

  • Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI, DA
  • Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI, DA

It looks like your pain is mostly initiated by a pressure over shoulder when lying down on lateral side. The pressure over shoulder joint during sleep results in pain during and after sleep. Your history denies any injury or trauma of shoulder joint. Your pain could be caused by sub scapular tendinitis or rotator cuff inflammation. Anterior rotator cuff is formed by the tendon of sub scapular muscle. Hyper-rotation of the shoulder joint during sleep or daytime often causes tendon and muscle irritation, which results in inflammation and tendonitis of subscapularis muscle. Treatment for your shoulder pain at night time which could be due to sub scapular tendinitis or rotator cuff inflammation would be 7 to 10 days of anti-inflammatory medication, heat or ice therapy and after 1 to 2 weeks regular stretching. You should see a PMR physician or orthopedic surgeon before considering any of these treatment.

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