What can you do if you need shoulder pain treatment? First, if your pain follows an injury, we’d advise visiting your GP. Alternatively, if you have an NHS Walk-in-Centre or A&E nearby, drop in there – it might be worth the extra effort because it’s possible they’ll want to X-Ray the shoulder.
If you’re certain there’s no chance of any shoulder bones being fractured or broken, though, and you’ve used an ice pack to reduce any swelling, then you can start further treatment by doing the most sensible thing… Avoiding all activity that uses the shoulder! Sounds obvious, but you’d be astonished to hear how many people carry on as normal.
Next, you can use over-the-counter pain relievers to mask the pain. Please be careful, though! It’s all too easy to pop a pill, feel the pain subside and then further injure the shoulder through overuse. Remember: the discomfort is your body’s way of telling you something’s wrong – just reducing the pain is not a long-term solution for shoulder pain treatment.
Keep in mind that shoulder pain treatments range from waiting it out – for very mild pain; physiotherapy – for moderate pain and ongoing recovery; corticosteroids injections – for inflammation issues; and finally surgery – comparatively rare but not unheard of for severe cases.