When you feel pain in your shoulder, it may be time to seek out some shoulder pain treatment. Whether it’s dull and achy, or sharp and stingy, shoulder pain is no fun. We’ve put together this guide on how to get rid of shoulder pain.
Shoulders have a wide range of motion. So, when something goes wrong, shoulder pain can really hamper your ability to move freely and carry out basic, everyday tasks. In fact, continued movement of your arm or shoulder can often make shoulder pain worse. Shoulder pain can cause... friction in the shoulder joint itself, or injury to the surrounding muscles, ligaments, tendons, or nerves.1 Shoulder pain can also radiate, affecting the neck, arm, and shoulder blade.
There are a number of shoulder pain remedies you can try out to get moving again and put a little joy back into your favourite everyday activities (hello, taking the pup for a walk around the block again!) However, if your shoulder pain doesn’t start feeling better after 7 days of shoulder pain remedies, consult a doctor to make sure there's nothing more serious at play.
Home remedies and treatments for shoulder pain
There are a number of at-home shoulder pain remedies you can try out. They include:
There’s nothing like rest to speed recovery. Repeat motion is likely to further aggravate your shoulder joint and the surrounding muscles, tendons, and nerves. Avoid using your shoulder in ways that make your pain worse. Consider resting your arm on a cushion in your lap.2
Icing your shoulder can help reduce inflammation, as well as numb the area so that pain subsides. An ice pack, or even a bag of frozen veggies, should do the trick. Be careful not to place ice directly... on your skin. Always wrap any ice pack or frozen veggie bag in a thin towel before applying it to your skin. Do this for around 20 minutes, 4 or more times per day. If after 2 days this isn't doing the trick, consult a Doctor.3
- Over-the-counter pain medication
Our shoulders serve us in nearly any task we undertake throughout the day. Taking a break from all activities can often be unfeasible, plain and simple. If your pain is from a sprain, strain or bruise to your muscles or tendons, using an NSAID like diclofenac (which is the ingredient in Iodex UltraGel), which fights inflammation, reduces pain, and aids healing: so you can get back to doing the little things in your day that make you happy. Read the label to check how long you should use the medication before seeking advice from a health care professional if the pain isn't getting better.
- Maintain good posture
Keep your shoulder down and gently back. Maintaining good posture will take the pressure off your shoulder muscles. In this way, you can reduce stress on your shoulder joint and relieve tension in your shoulder muscles.4
- Dispense prescription pain medication
Depending on the severity of your shoulder affliction your doctor may recommend another course of treatment beyond what you can do at home. That could be a prescription for medication that you can't get over the counter from your Doctor, or they could give you an injection directly into your shoulder while you’re at the doctor’s office in order to reduce pain and swelling.
- Recommend physiotherapy
Your doctor may recommend that you make a regular appointment to see a physiotherapist. Alternatively, he or she may provide you with some physiotherapy exercises and stretches that you can perform on your own at home. These often involve stretchy exercise bands and it's important to keep to the routine set to make the difference!
- Immobilize your joint
If it turns out that your shoulder is sprained or broken, your doctor may provide you with a sling or brace to keep your shoulder from moving too much.
Iodex products for shoulder pain relief
Iodex shoulder pain products include our:
Iodex UltraGel is formulated with the active ingredient Diclofenac. Iodex's concentrated power strikes directly with a triple effect9,11
- Relieves pain
- Reduces inflammation, a major cause of pain
- Speeds up the natural healing process
Diclofenac is a potent non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Iodex UltraGel is specially formulated with microemulsions, (hence 'Emulgel') which penetrates deep through the skin to target a major root cause of pain, inflammation. As diclofenac accumulates under the skin, it acts as a reservoir from where there is a sustained release of the pain-busting ingredient into underlying tissues. More people get clinical benefit from Emulgel5 than from other topical NSAIDs6 when compared with a placebo.7
Unlike non-medicated gels that may only have a sensorial effect (providing heating feeling which masks the pain8) or even heat patches that provide heat to the affected area, Iodex UltraGel is medicated and clinically proven not only to relieve pain but also to reduce inflammation, a main source of pain.
Iodex UltraGel is also gentle on the body, unlike pills that need to travel through the stomach to work on your pain, they are targeted to the point of pain; because of this they also have lower risk of systemic side effects than pain relief pills.
- Open your tube of Iodex UltraGel
- Squeeze out an amount ranging in size from a cherry to a walnut, depending on the size of the affected area
- Gently rub into the skin above where you are experiencing body pain
- Apply Iodex UltraGel as indicated on the label
Iodex UltraGel relieves shoulder pain
Iodex UltraGel is clinically proven to shorten your recovery time9 and provide targeted relief from shoulder pain. Reason for muscle pain generally is internal inflammation of muscles.11 Iodex UltraGel contains diclofenac, which works by reducing chemicals in your body that cause inflammation. Its Emulgel technology helps the gel to penetrate deep through the skin to enhance delivery of the active ingredient, diclofenac, to the site of pain and swelling, making it an effective pain reliever.10
Iodex UltraGel’s Emulgel formulation allows it to permeate the skin 7 times deeper,11 thus treating the pain at its root. Gently massage the gel on to the skin of affected area, it penetrates and provides additional cooling and soothing effect at the site of pain and inflammation.
Iodex Rapid Action Spray
It is a unique blend of 5 active ingredients. They are known to penetrate the skin, reduce internal inflammation and provide targeted relief from shoulder pain.12
Iodex Multi-Purpose Pain Relief Balm
Iodex Balm is a power packed formula of 5 active ingredients – Gandapuro Tel, Nilgiri Tel, Turpine Ka Tel, Peppermint Satva and Lavanga Ka Tel. These ingredients are known to help provide a soothing relief from shoulder pain.
Health, wellness & your pain
Pain is rarely just physical nor is it always solved by taking medicine alone. Iodex is your ally in helping you take more control of your pain journey, from the way to sleep, to what you eat, mental wellbeing and complementary pain relief therapies.