Shoulder painShoulder pain is a common health problem.  It can be caused by a sporting injury or fall in a single trauma situation.

It can also be caused by repetitive trauma, such as using the shoulders to carry heavy objects or even sitting in front of a computer all day.

Fortunately, there is treatment for shoulder pain that can help you resolve your symptoms.

Treatment for Shoulder Pain

What Is Involved in Shoulder Pain?

The shoulder involves ligaments, muscles, and bones.  The actual shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint that allows the shoulder to have a wide range of motion.

It is held together by many different ligaments that create a joint capsule to hold the joint together.

Muscles of the shoulder include the rotator cuff muscles and the large trapezius muscle which is a triangular-shaped muscle that extends from the base of the neck to the tip of the shoulder and down to the mid-portion of the center of the back.

Any one of these muscles can become inflamed and there can be arthritis of the joint itself, leading to acute or chronic shoulder pain.

Home Remedies for Shoulder Pain


Treatment for shoulder pain can involve using home remedies.  If you acutely injure your shoulder, you can apply an ice bag to the shoulder so that it takes down the inflammation and controls the pain of the shoulder injury.

A regular ice pack purchased at a pharmacy can help or you can simply apply a bag of cut vegetables or peas to the affected area to cool it down and reduce shoulder inflammation.

Ice works to reduce shoulder pain for the first 24 to 48 hours.  After that, you may need to apply heat to the affected shoulders.


Heat has special properties that relieve muscle spasm by increasing the circulation to the spasmed muscles.

Apply a heating pad for thirty minutes at a time to the affected shoulder and then give the shoulder a rest.  You can alternate ice and heat for the maximum amount of pain and inflammation relief.

If both shoulders are affected, it can be difficult to put two heating pads on the shoulders.  You can instead purchase a special heating unit that fits over both shoulders.

If you buy one of these devices, look for one that uses far infrared ray (FIR) heat that goes deep into the shoulder muscles to relieve spasms.

Medications for Shoulder Pain

Much shoulder pain is a matter of inflammation in the joint, and surrounding muscles and ligaments.  This calls for the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), which directly act on pain and inflammation.

NSAID medications include ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) and naproxen (Anaprox or Naprosyn).  Take them as directed as soon as you feel the pain and you will have a shorter recovery time and may still be able to use your shoulders because the pain is less.

Always consult a doctor before taking any kind of medicine.

Physical Therapy

Some people with shoulder injuries choose to use physical therapy as treatment for shoulder pain.  Physical therapists have range of motion and strengthening exercises that can keep your muscles limber and strong.

Physical therapy can be started right after an injury or in the days following the injury so that the inflammation can be reduced before starting any aggressive exercises.

What`s your home remedy for shoulder pain? Feel free to share below,