Shoulder Pain

ExitCare ImageThe shoulder is the joint that connects your arm to your body. Muscles and band-like tissues that connect bones to muscles (tendons) hold the joint together. Shoulder pain is felt if an injury or medical problem affects one or more parts of the shoulder.


  • Put ice on the sore area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15-20 minutes, 03-04 times a day for the first 2 days.

  • Stop using cold packs if they do not help with the pain.

  • If you were given something to keep your shoulder from moving (sling, shoulder immobilizer), wear it as told. Only take it off to shower or bathe.

  • Move your arm as little as possible, but keep your hand moving to prevent puffiness (swelling).

  • Squeeze a soft ball or foam pad as much as possible to help prevent swelling.

  • Take medicine as told by your doctor.


  • Your arm, hand, or fingers are numb or tingling.

  • Your arm, hand, or fingers are puffy (swollen), painful, or turn white or blue.

  • You have more pain.

  • You have progressing new pain in your arm, hand, or fingers.

  • Your hand or fingers get cold.

  • Your medicine does not help lessen your pain.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.