How to Manage Shoulder Pain
If you’ve ever had shoulder pain, you understand how it can severely limit your daily activities. Shoulder pain is one of the most commonly reported pains out there. The shoulders have a wide range of motion, so there’s a bigger chance of something breaking, tearing or going wrong.
There are a wide variety of causes of shoulder pain:
- Sports injuries such as football, golf or contact sports can cause damage to your shoulders.
- Old age is another cause. As the human body gets older, our joints and the various mechanisms that make up the joints start to fail due to wear and tear
- Symptoms of other problems. Pain in other parts of your body can travel to your shoulders. The pain emanating from your shoulder might be overpowering the pain that’s actually causing it.
- Accidents can also cause pain. Whether it’s from a slip and fall or a car accident, your shoulders are relatively susceptible to damage.
What to Do if You Have Shoulder Pain?
How much pain are you in? If you’re in immediate excruciating pain, go to the hospital or doctor at once. They’ll take Xrays and have a qualified doctor examine the problem area.
If your shoulders hurt after a long day of playing golf, sports or other injury (eg: lifting heavy weights), you can try to take some anti-inflammatory over-the-counter pain medications (non-narcotic). If the pain continues into the next morning, you’ll have to make a doctor’s appointment.
There is no treatment option better than a doctor’s professional advice. The below treatment options are ways to mitigate the pain until you’re able to see a doctor.
Pain Killers such as Ibuprofen can help if used over time. They are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications that can be purchased at any drug store without a prescription. For anything stronger than that, you’ll have to get a prescription from your doctor.
Ice can also help. Apply ice for 10 to 30 minutes on the affected area. It will help reduce inflammation while it decreases blood flow to the injured area. You can use a bag of frozen peas, or put ice in a plastic bag (so it doesn’t melt and make a watery mess). If your injury is non-emergency, then allowing your body 2-4 days to full recover might be the best course of action.
Rest and Support
The human body is an amazing thing…it has the ability to heal itself. But you need to give it plenty of time to do so. If you smoke or drink regularly, try quitting. Get plenty of rest and you can even buy a shoulder brace at your local drug store. Don’t put any pressure on your shoulder and over the course of a few days to a week, you should start feeling better.
When it comes to less severe shoulder damage, you should remember the acronym PRICE.
It is a series of things that you should do to help heal from a shoulder injury:
When these 5 actions are performed, a minor shoulder injury should go away after a couple of days. Of course, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so you should probably make a doctors appointment regardless of whether you think it’s a big injury or a small one. Sometimes small injuries can be aggravated into bigger ones.