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4 Easy Ways to Reduce Shoulder Pain

Published on July 28th, 2020

A sore shoulder is one of the most common joint problems that cause people discomfort. Shoulder pain may be caused by damage to your ligaments, tendons, nerves, muscles or cartilage. The pain often extends through the neck, arms and hands. Although it can be important to see a specialist if your pain is severe, our team put together some in-home remedies to help alleviate your shoulder pain in Elgin.

Cold Compress

This can help reduce swelling as well as diminish sharp pain from overuse. For maximum results, apply an ice pack for around 20 minutes, 4-5 times a day. Make sure there is a towel in between your skin and the pack as you do not want to apply the cold compress directly on your skin.

Apply Heat

Heat therapy can relax your shoulder muscles and reduce stiffness. You can take a hot shower for 5-10 minutes, or use a heat pack.

Over-the-Counter Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medications

There are two main types: Naproxen and Ibuprofen. Both types are generally safe to use per their labels. These can significantly reduce inflammation caused by arthritis, tendonitis and rotator cuff injuries.

Massages and Stretching

Beyond cold compress, heat, and anti-inflammatories, you can always find more ways to alleviate this type of pain. Examples may include: massaging the affected area and stretching. Having a friend or loved one massage the area in pain can help reduce the tension. You can also perform some easy shoulder stretches that over time will reduce the stiffness that causes pain. These include the pendulum stretch for range of motion and different common overhead shoulder stretches. Repeating these stretches daily for around 20 repetitions should help alleviate your pain over time.

Employing these at-home remedies daily can help reduce your shoulder pain over time. If you continue to suffer from chronic shoulder pain in Elgin, contact Gitelis Orthopedics by calling 847.807.7771 today.

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