Shoulder pain is a common complaint among people of various ages and occupations, whether they’re playing sports, lifting heavy objects, or performing repetitive motions. Regardless of whether the pain is related to joint or tissue irritation, shoulder pain can hinder your ability to perform everyday activities. That’s why it’s important to treat your discomfort as soon as possible.
For lasting relief from your shoulder pain, consider the following tips:
- Rest: It’s important to allow your shoulder to rest, so the inflammation has a chance to recede. Avoid strenuous lifting, and if you know what activity caused the pain in the first place—such as tennis playing or repetitive lifting—take a break from it. A sling may be helpful in the short term, but extended use can cause additional problems like the dreaded “frozen shoulder.”
- Apply Ice Packs: Applying ice or cold packs to your shoulder will calm inflammation and decrease the intensity of your pain. Keep the ice pack on for no longer than 20 minutes a few times a day.
- Use Pain Relievers: There are many over-the-counter pain relievers on the market, but these medications merely mask pain instead of treating it at the source. Still, for immediate pain relief, medications are helpful. Try NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, which only come with mild side effects.
- Perform Simple Exercises & Stretches: To prevent additional injuries and shoulder pain, it’s imperative to stretch and warm up your muscles before working out. Focus on exercises that employ range-of-motion techniques or use exercise bands to strengthen your shoulder muscles.
- Seek Chiropractic Care: If your shoulder pain persists, seek professional chiropractic care. This specialist will perform a thorough examination and develop a comprehensive treatment plan to alleviate your pain and restore strength and function to the area.
If you’re experiencing pain in your shoulders, treat the source of the issue, not just the symptoms. Dr. Schaffer and his team at Midway Pointe Chiropractic in Elyria, OH, are trusted by patients of all ages when it comes to treating pain and injuries. For an appointment, call (440) 324-2040, or visit their website for more information.