Caring for shoulder pain at home

Taking Care of Shoulder Pain | Advent Physical Therapy

Your shoulder is an incredibly complex joint made up of many interwoven ligaments, tendons and muscles. All of these tissues operate together to help you rotate your arm, lift objects and raise your arms over your head. You use your shoulders for practically every activity, and when your shoulder is in pain, it can be difficult to live out your daily life.

Serious shoulder injuries require professional health care assistance for treatment. However, some cases of shoulder pain are minor and can benefit from a few days of rest and some simple home treatments. Here are a few tips you should follow at home for shoulder pain treatment if your shoulder pain doesn’t feel too serious or hasn’t lasted for longer than a few days.

Four tips for treating shoulder pain at home

  1. Rest — Pain may be your shoulder’s way of trying to tell you that it’s been worked too hard and needs a break. Take some time from physical activity that requires shoulder use and avoid lying on your shoulder.


  1. Ice and heat — Applying ice to your shoulder can help reduce inflammation that may be related to your pain. Apply ice a few times a day for about ten minutes each time. After a day or two of icing, you can apply heat to help soothe the pain. It’s important to wait this day or two to apply heat because it can make inflammation worse.


  1. Stretch and exercise — Some light stretching and exercising can help encourage your sore muscles, ligaments and tendons to heal while keeping the healthy ones fit. This can also help improve your ability to prevent injuries in the future. Talk to your healthcare provider about exercises and stretches that are right for you.


  1. Medicine — Some simple pain or anti-inflammatory medicine can help reduce minor shoulder pain. Talk to your doctor about what kind of medication is right for you if you’re unsure.

Contact Advent Physical Therapy for shoulder pain treatment

Home treatments are great for helping minor shoulder pain but when the pain is serious, you need professional assistance. Severe shoulder pain that is left untreated can grow worse over time and lead to greater problems like permanent disability.

At Advent Physical Therapy, our physical therapists will work one-on-one with you to identify the source of your shoulder pain and develop a treatment customized to your needs. Contact us today if you’re ready to schedule an appointment and find out how we can help reduce your shoulder pain.