At some point in your life, you’re bound to experience some form of shoulder pain. It is likely it may occur during physical activity or from overexerting yourself at work. Either way, shoulder pain can impede your ability to live your life to its fullest and complete simple daily tasks.
Fortunately, many cases of shoulder pain are related to minor sprains that go away on their own after a couple of days. However, some cases of shoulder pain may be symptoms of something more serious. Learning how to tell the difference may help you stay fit because ignoring serious shoulder pain can result in permanent disability.
If your shoulder pain is minor and you expect it is due to simply overdoing it, you should try some of the following to help reduce pain while your body heals:
- Resting — When you notice the development of pain in your shoulder, you should cut back on physical activity that uses your shoulder. You do not have to keep your arm completely still. Moving and engaging muscles as part of the healing process.
After a few days of rest, you may feel well enough to start exercising the sore area.
- Icing — Apply a bag of ice or frozen vegetables to the sore area for 15 minutes two or three times a day for a few days. This should help reduce swelling and assist in pain management.
- Heating — After a few days of icing the sore area, you can apply some heat for additional comfort. Do not use heat within the first couple days when you notice your pain because heat can make inflammation worse.
- Medication — Some over-the-counter pain medication may provide additional assistance in reducing your pain and providing comfort.
After a few days of following these steps, minor shoulder pain should recede. However, cases of severe and chronic shoulder pain will need more attention than home care for treatment.
How do you know if your shoulder pain is serious?
- Pain is extreme or lasts for a week or more
- Pain is accompanied by sudden swelling
- Pain is accompanied by loss of motion to the shoulder joint or arm
- Pain is accompanied by the appearance of deformity in the shoulder
If any of the symptoms above accompany your shoulder pain, or if you’re unsure about the severity of your condition, you should speak with a medical professional.
At Arrow Physical Therapy in New Jersey, we help treat patients improve their quality of life by helping manage pain. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain that can benefit from the assistance of a personalized physical therapy treatment plan, contact us today to schedule your appointment.