What To Do About Shoulder Pain

Shoulder injuries can happen to anyone. Thankfully, most shoulder injuries can be treated with a little bit of rest. Matthew Rennels, DO, with ProMedica Sports Medicine Institute, shares more about shoulder injuries and what you should do if you experience one.

“The shoulder is one of the more mobile joints in the body, and because of that, it has a lot of moving parts. So, any small disturbance to the joint can cause a lot of dysfunction and pain,” Dr. Rennels shares.

Staying active, keeping proper posture and monitoring for any signs that may limit your ability to use the joint to its full ability are all ways to help prevent a shoulder injury from happening.

How To Alleviate Shoulder Pain

“Rest your shoulder, and if there is a particular activity that is causing shoulder pain, avoid that activity,” Dr. Rennels advises. Icing the area that is painful and taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can also help ease the pain.

If you experience decreased range of motion, weakness or severe pain, you should see a provider sooner rather than later so that they can diagnose the issue. Schedule an appointment with your primary care physician, sports medicine or orthopaedic specialist, or visit an urgent care to have your injury further evaluated.

Learn more about shoulder injuries and treatment in the video, below.