Shoulder Tendonitis TreatmentHave you sprained your shoulder and are now suffering from pain and inflammation in the joint?  Take a look below at the shoulder sprain treatment strategies that can help alleviate your symptoms.

A shoulder sprain is damage to the shoulder ligaments (the strong bands of tissue that connect bones to each other) that support your shoulder joint.  The symptoms of shoulder sprain vary depending on the severity of the injury.

Symptoms include pain in your shoulder (usually at the front of the joint), tenderness and swelling. Treatment depends on the extent of your injury. If you experience severe pain, swelling, and loss of function, then you should seek medical care. If your injury is mild to moderate then you can treat it using some of the following strategies:


7 Ways to Shoulder Sprain Treatment



Don’t use your affected arm. For the first couple of days after the injury, avoid activities that might increase the swelling and make your other symptoms worse.



Wear a sling to help support your shoulder. However, long term use of a sling can lead to frozen shoulder.

If you wear a shoulder sling for longer than a week, make sure you perform shoulder exercises, including range of motion movements, twice a day to avoid stiffness and frozen shoulder.



There are many over-the-counter painkillers available that can help ease the pain, consult your doctor.

  • If you have mild pain, taking painkillers like aspirin may be enough to control it.
  • If your shoulder pain is more severe, your doctor can recommend or prescribe a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as Ibuprofen, (Advil or Motrin) or Naproxen, ( Aleve or Naprosyn). In addition to easing your pain, NSAIDs can also help reduce swelling in your shoulder capsule.
  • If you have severe pain, your doctor may prescribe corticosteroid tablets. Corticosteroids are drugs that contain steroids. However, these tablets can cause side effects.
  • If your shoulder pain is very severe then oral painkillers may not be enough. So injections around your shoulder joint may be necessary.
  • Take care with medicines. Read and follow the instructions on the label or leaflet. If your doctor prescribed an analgesic, make sure you take it as directed.



Applying ice to the injury in the first 1-2 days can help reduce the swelling and ease the pain.

  • Apply an ice pack to the affected area for 20-30 minutes. Do this several times across the day.
  • Alternatively, use a bag of frozen peas, or vegetables, Wrap it in a towel to avoid it being directly against your skin and causing ice burn.



  • When the swelling reduces, usually after 2-3 days, apply a heating pad, set on low, to your shoulder. This helps keep your shoulder flexible.
  • Some medical advice is to alternate between using heat and cold.



There are exercises you can do to maintain range of motion and muscle strength in your shoulder.

If it is a bad shoulder sprain, you may need rehabilitation and physical therapy once the initial pain and swelling has subsided. Your doctor or physiotherapist can help you and advise you about such exercises.



If you have suffered a very sever shoulder sprain then you may need surgery to repair the torn ligaments.


When to call your doctor:

Seek medical attention if any of the following occurs:

  • Your pain gets worse.
  • You can’t move your shoulder.
  • Your arm becomes cool or the skin around your shoulder changes color.
  • You feel tingling, numbness, or weakness in your arm.


A shoulder sprain can take several weeks to heal. If you have sprained your shoulder and are experiencing pain and inflammation in the joint, then try the above strategies for shoulder sprain treatment to alleviate you symptoms and aid quick recovery.