How to Treat Arm Shoulder Pain

At its most serious arm or shoulder pain can be a symptom of angina or to a heart attack.

Arm and shoulder pain that is combined with the inability to use the arm, any loss of sensation, or includes paleness of the hands or fingers needs prompt medical evaluation.

Arm and shoulder pain that is accompanied by redness, fever, neck stiffness, or that occurs after an accident should also be evaluated promptly by a doctor.

For other types of arm or shoulder pain, the general rule of thumb is to rest the arm and shoulder for 24 hours and then begin to very gently use the arm, putting it through its’ entire range of motion to prevent “frozen shoulder”.

The application of heat and ice treatment is also recommended along with physical therapy and shoulder exercises.

For further information please see the following articles:

Arm Shoulder Pain

Frozen Shoulder

Shoulder Treatment