Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. Many muscles and tendons hold the joint together. Many types of injuries and medical problems can cause pain in one or more parts of the shoulder.


If your doctor feels the problem is not serious, it may help to do the following:

  • Put ice on the area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day.

  • Do this for the first 2 day or as told by your doctor.

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

  • Do not take your sling off (except to shower or bathe) until you see your doctor. When taking off the sling, move the arm as little as possible.

  • Take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Keep all follow-up appointments.


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

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

  • You have trouble moving your hand and fingers on the injured side.

  • You have chest pain or shortness of breath.

  • New pain happens in the arm, hand, or fingers.

  • The hand or fingers on the injured side become cold.

  • The medicine is not helping the pain go away.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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