Stuck at Home? Here Are Some Tips for Managing Your Shoulder Pain

March 27, 2020 6:16 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Medical offices across the country are taking precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This can make the wait between appointments longer, and meanwhile, you still have a need for shoulder pain remedies in Las Vegas, NV. Fortunately, there are at-home shoulder treatment options that can control pain and help your shoulder heal. Here are six ways to manage shoulder pain at home:

  • Medication: Over-the-counter pain relievers can likely hold you over until you can attend a physical therapy appointment or other office visit. Anti-inflammatory medication like aspirin and ibuprofen can relieve your symptoms. Your doctor may also prescribe muscle relaxants if there is tension around your shoulder joint. However, those medications should be used sparingly over the long term, as they can lead to heart, stomach and kidney issues. Pain relief gels and creams can also help without producing many of the side effects.
  • Cold and heat therapy: If you are experiencing swelling and sharp pain, a cold compress can relieve your symptoms. Apply ice or a frozen gel pack to the irritated area for 20 minutes at a time. Bags of frozen peas or corn also work well, as they conform to the area. You can do that up to five times a day. Heat therapy works best when you have muscle stiffness. Use a heating pad or hot pack or enjoy a hot shower if your pain is due to muscle tension.
  • Compression: Shoulder wraps, ACE bandages and other compression wraps can ease swelling and pain. Be cautious and do not wrap too tightly, or you will block blood flow. If you are uncertain on how to wrap a compression bandage, ask your medical provider to show you how.
  • Rest: Sometimes, we push too hard. If you had a day where you pushed yourself and accomplished more than usual, you will likely have some shoulder pain the next day. The best thing to do in this case is merely rest and avoid activities that exacerbate the pain. While this may not be your favorite option, you will likely feel well enough to resume activity the following day.
  • Pendulum stretch: Gentle movement can increase your range of motion and alleviate pain. While you do not want to continue any exercise that makes your pain worse, movement can help keep muscles flexible and reduce pain. One useful exercise is the pendulum stretch. Stand, bend at the waist and let the arm on the injured side hang down. Move the hanging arm in a circle up to 20 times. Do this during the day whenever your pain acts up.
  • Overhead shoulder stretch: This is another exercise that can loosen up muscles and help reduce pain and swelling. Sit or stand with your fingers intertwined in front of you. Bend your elbows and raise your arms above your head. Gently squeeze your shoulder blades together and move your elbows further back. You can also place your hands on your head or behind it. Do this for 20 repetitions five to 10 times a day.

Bernard Ong, M.D. is an experienced sports medicine specialist and is here to help with shoulder pain remedies. If you require guidance with at-home shoulder treatment in Las Vegas, NV, contact us today to set an appointment. We are open for limited appointments during this time.

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