Shoulder pain can start with an injury, or even more commonly it begins gradually over a period of weeks to months or even years. It is often seen in patients who perform repetitive or overhead activities and becomes more common with aging. In some cases, shoulder pain can start for what seems like no reason at all.
What can you do for Shoulder Pain?
Activity rest (no heavy or overhead lifting, or activities that aggravate your pain)
Ice (15minutes at a time, 1-3 times a day)
Medication such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or naproxen (at the advice of your doctor)
Maintain a good posture through the day
Avoid sleeping on a sore shoulder when possible
Gentle exercises – pendulum, wall walk, shoulder blade squeeze
Most cases of shoulder pain can improve with the above within a week.
When should you seek treatment?
Following a specific injury rather than a slow onset
Decreased ROM or weakness
Any shoulder pain lasting more than a week
How Physiotherapy can help?