To cut to the chase, when you have shoulder pain that is chronic and intense, the following information on how to relieve shoulder pain will most likely not apply to you.
Chronic moderate to severe shoulder pain is a serious condition that can produce a multitude of other condition to various other body parts (e.g. Neck, chest and thoracic spine).
This is not to minimize recent shoulder pain or pain that is on a lower pain scale, for if you neglect any pain (regardless of how little), the condition can develop insidiously and lead to more serious painful levels.
Should you be experiencing serious pain, I encourage you to give our clinic a call to see if our advanced nonsurgical shoulder procedure may be of benefit to you.
Nevertheless, today I’m going to talk about how to alleviate mild to moderate shoulder pain.
- Rest: This cannot be overemphasized. Far too many people when they hurt their shoulder, may rest for a bit, take some pain medication and as soon as it kicks in, they’re up again and going on with their daily activities.
The key is to just relax and apply ice (hold off from any medication if possible). Apply an ice pack (wrapped in a towel) to your shoulder for no longer than 20 minutes, then take it off for another 20 mins and then reapply.
- Heat: If your shoulder pain is chronic then apply heat. But here’s a little trick that will make your heat therapy more effective… use moist heat.
The simplest way to do this is to pour hot water into a hot water bottle. Then soak a small towel with hot water, wring it out then wrap it around the hot water bottle.
This moist heat will pass through deeper into your joint and the heat from the hot water bottle will keep the towel hot.
- Stretching – If you just sustained your injury, I would not advise you to perform any stretching as this may serve to aggravate your condition. On the other hand, if your injury is sub-acute to chronic, it is advised to carefully stretch as this will help alleviate your pain and help maintain your shoulders mobility.
I really hope this helps and if you’re currently suffering with chronic moderate to severe shoulder pain and you would like to find out if you’re a candidate for our care, simply give us a call or book your appointment using our Online Patient Scheduler.