The shoulder normally has a wide range of motion. But swelling, damage or bone changes can cause pain, restrict the shoulder’s use and significantly impact daily activities, says MedlinePlus.
To care for shoulder pain, MedlinePlus suggests:
- Put ice on the shoulder for 15 minutes on and off.
- Rest your shoulder for a few days.
- Slowly return to regular activities.
- Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce inflammation and pain.
Call 911 if you have sudden pressure or a crushing pain in your shoulder, as this can be a warning sign of heart attack.