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Is smoking weed effective at treating shoulder pain?

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Posted on Sat, 8 Feb 2020
Question: Hello I have shoulder pain all the time, I had two surgery and I was taking pain pills all the time. I began smoking a little weed Now and then and the pain die's down. Is this ok.
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (24 minutes later)
Brief Answer:

Physical therapy can help.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

Smoking weed will decrease the efficacy of pain pills. Although it isn't possible to diagnose your condition without an examination and a few tests, your history is suggestive of Adhesive capsulitis(Frozen shoulder) or Calcific Tendonitis.

These conditions are easily managed by regular physiotherapy (Range of motion exercises, stretching and strengthening exercises).

Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), can help reduce pain and inflammation associated with this condition.

If these pain relievers do not work then you can take Voltaren after getting it prescribed from your doctor.

I would suggest getting this evaluated by an orthopedician nearby for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management.

Your doctor after diagnosing the condition might refer to you a physical therapist. A physical therapist can teach you stretching exercises to help maintain as much mobility in your shoulder as possible.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Praveen Tayal, Orthopaedic Surgeon
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Is smoking weed effective at treating shoulder pain?

Brief Answer: Physical therapy can help. Detailed Answer: Hello, Smoking weed will decrease the efficacy of pain pills. Although it isn't possible to diagnose your condition without an examination and a few tests, your history is suggestive of Adhesive capsulitis(Frozen shoulder) or Calcific Tendonitis. These conditions are easily managed by regular physiotherapy (Range of motion exercises, stretching and strengthening exercises). Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), can help reduce pain and inflammation associated with this condition. If these pain relievers do not work then you can take Voltaren after getting it prescribed from your doctor. I would suggest getting this evaluated by an orthopedician nearby for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management. Your doctor after diagnosing the condition might refer to you a physical therapist. A physical therapist can teach you stretching exercises to help maintain as much mobility in your shoulder as possible. Hope I have answered your query. Take care Regards, Dr Praveen Tayal, Orthopaedic Surgeon