To relieve shoulder pain at home, use a cold compression, rest the shoulder, cover the injured area with an elastic bandage or take over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, advises Healthline. Using pillows, raise the shoulder above the heart to alleviate the pain and swelling, states MedicineNet.
Place an ice bag on the affected area for about 20 minutes four times a day, advises Healthline. Alternatively, wrap ice in a cloth, and compress it to the area, making sure that the ice does not come in contact with the skin to avoid frostbite. Repeat the ice treatments for two or three days.
Over-the-counter drugs that can alleviate shoulder pain include acetaminophen such as Tylenol and ibuprofen, including Advil and Motrin, explains MedicineNet. The drugs also aid in reducing swelling. Rest the shoulder for about three days, and then start to exercise the area gradually to quicken recovery. While resting, avoid actions that may aggravate the pain, states Healthline.
To prevent more pain and swelling, keep the injured area away from heat one week after injury, advises MedicineNet. Consult with a doctor if you experience lasting pain, difficulty moving the shoulder or fever, explains Healthline. Seek medical care immediately if the pain spreads to other areas, or if it causes difficulty breathing, chest congestion or dizziness, as noninjury-related shoulder pain that comes on suddenly can indicate a heart attack.