Non-surgical Treatments for Shoulder Injuries


Many non-invasive techniques and remedies can be implemented to ease the pain of shoulder injuries. While these treatments may not cure the injury, they can greatly reduce the pain associated with it.

Rehabilitation: Hard work and concentrated strengthening exercises can build up the muscles of the rotator cuff, which can help to regain stability and normal shoulder function. Organize a plan with your physical therapist to learn exercises that can reduce pain.

Pain medications: Medications such as acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can offer pain relief and reduce swelling in an injured joint. Before taking any medication, first consult with your doctor.

Cortisone injections: Cortisone injections can greatly reduce pain and inflammation in the shoulder and allow you to begin physical therapy.

Apply ice and heat: Using ice packs can help reduce pain and inflammation in the joint. Apply an ice pack for 15 to 20 minutes at a time multiple times each day. Once you notice that the pain has improved, apply heat to relax the muscles.

Benefits of Arthroscopic Surgery Vs. Traditional Surgery: When speaking to your doctor about surgical options to repair shoulder damage, be sure to ask about the benefits of minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery. This new technology has many advantages over traditional open surgery including:

• Faster rehabilitation

• Outpatient procedure

• Smaller incisions and less scarring

• Early return to activity and sports


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