Make an ice pack by putting ice in a sealable plastic bag and wrapping a cloth around it. Do not put the bag of ice directly on the area, as it could damage your skin.
On the first day of your injury, apply the ice every 10 to 15 minutes, for 20 minutes each time. After the first day, ice the area every 3 to 4 hours for 20 minutes each time. Do this for 2 days or longer.
For pain, you can take ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol). You can buy these pain medicines without a prescription.
- Talk with your health care provider before using these medicines if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, or have had stomach ulcers or bleeding.
- Do not take more than the amount recommended on the bottle.
- Do not give aspirin to children.
You may be given a shoulder sling to use for a few weeks.
- Once you have less pain, begin range of motion exercises so that your shoulder does not get stuck in place. This is called contracture. Make sure you check with your doctor before doing any of these motions.
- After your injury has healed, do not lift heavier objects for 8 to 12 weeks.