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4 Tips for Finding Immediate Relief from Shoulder Pain

4 Tips for Finding Immediate Relief from Shoulder Pain

4 Quick Tips for Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain lowers productivity and is a definite distraction and hindrance to work. Here are a few recommendations for finding immediate relief (always consult a doctor if you have questions):

 

  1. Rest: Give the tired, sore muscles a break. Resting your shoulders for 24 to 48 hours is most effective, but even short breaks during work hours can help significantly. Find another task that changes your position and work motion. If your work is entirely tied to the computer, get up from your chair for a few minutes every 30 to 60 minutes.
  2. Stretch: Every hour, take two to three minutes to stretch the tight muscle area. This can increase blood flow to the area, and relieve tightness from overuse. Try some shoulder stretches.
  3. Apply Heat or Cold: If the area is inflamed, the application of cold packs can numb the pain and reduce inflammation; just remember not to apply ice directly to the skin. Hot compresses increases blood flow to the area and help relax tense, sore muscles; however, do not apply heat to an inflamed area. Only use hot or cold for about 20 minutes at a time, and wait at least an hour before repeating treatment.
  4. Medication: There are some anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen (Aleve or Motrin) and pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) that can help bring immediate relief from pain. Always consult your doctor or pharmacist before beginning any medication treatments.