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.

HOME CARE

  • 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.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • 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.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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