UNDERSTAND PAIN

UNDERSTANDING SHOULDER PAIN

Sometimes we don’t even realize how much we rely on our shoulders until we can’t use one due to pain. Understanding your shoulder pain can help you find relief and help your shoulder get back to doing all the things you need it to do.

Rear shot of woman touching her right shoulder

WHAT IS SHOULDER PAIN AND WHAT CAUSES IT?

Here's the crazy thing about the shoulder — it’s the most moveable joint in the body, but also one of the most unstable. This is why so many people experience shoulder pain at some point.

The shoulder joint is highly dependent on the surrounding muscles and ligaments to hold it in place. As a result, it’s easy to experience sprains, strains, dislocations, separations, tendinitis, torn rotator cuffs and fractures — all potential causes of shoulder pain. Remember to see your doctor first before you begin any treatment or if your pain gets worse or persists.

"It's the most moveable joint in the body, but also one of the most unstable."

HOW CAN I GET RELIEF FROM SHOULDER PAIN?

The key to relieving shoulder pain is to get on top of it right away. The good news is, shoulder pain can sometimes be treated at home with methods like these:

medication
Over-the-counter medications. Aleve® is one option that can help relieve pain when used as directed. Just make sure you always check with your doctor before taking any medication.
rest
Rest. Simply put, try to avoid moving your shoulder in a way that makes it feel worse.
ice
Ice. Applying ice for 15–20 minutes a day can help relieve pain.
drugfree
Supporting therapies See what else you can do to complement your treatment and relieve shoulder pain.