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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Shoulder Pain - Natural Home Remedies

Shoulder pain can be a significant hindrance to daily activities, but there are several natural remedies that can help alleviate the discomfort right at home. Here are some effective strategies:

1. Cold Compress Applying a cold compress can numb the painful area, reduce inflammation, and provide quick relief. Use ice cubes wrapped in a towel or a cold pack for 10-15 minutes on the affected area. Repeat every two hours as needed.

2. Hot Compress After the initial 48 hours post-injury, a hot compress can help relax tense muscles and soothe stiffness. Apply a hot water bag to the shoulder for 10-15 minutes several times a day.

3. Compression Using an elastic bandage to compress the shoulder can provide support and help reduce swelling. Ensure it’s snug but not too tight to avoid circulation issues.

4. Elevation Elevating the shoulder above heart level can promote blood flow and aid in reducing swelling and pain.

5. Gentle Exercises Simple shoulder rotations and stretches can maintain mobility and strength in the shoulder, aiding in recovery.

6. Rest Allowing the shoulder to rest is crucial. Avoid activities that exacerbate the pain until the shoulder has healed sufficiently.

7. Posture Correction Maintaining proper posture can prevent further strain on the shoulder and aid in the healing process.

8. Natural Anti-Inflammatories Consuming foods with anti-inflammatory properties, such as turmeric and ginger, can help internally combat inflammation.

9. Massage Gently massaging the shoulder with warm oil can improve circulation and provide relief from pain.

10. Mind-Body Techniques Practices like yoga and meditation can help manage pain through relaxation and stress reduction.

Remember, these remedies are for minor shoulder pain. If your pain persists, worsens, or is accompanied by redness, swelling, or warmth around the joint, consult a doctor.

Additionally, consult your doctor immediately if you experience breathing difficulties, chest tightness, or if the shoulder pain is a result of an injury and the joint appears deformed.

Managing shoulder pain at home is often about combining rest and gentle activity with natural remedies to support healing. By following these tips, you can help ease your shoulder pain and get back to your daily routine more comfortably.

Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist

Kify Hospital



Phone : 85000 23456


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