Q. I have unbearable pain in my left shoulder for five days. What to do?

Answered by
Mohammed Wajid
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 21, 2020 and last reviewed on: Mar 29, 2021

Hello doctor,

I cannot rotate my left side of the shoulder for five days and continues severe pain, which is not letting me sleep.



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The main shoulder joint is a ball-and-socket joint, which allows a very wide range of movement. The joint is surrounded by a tough fibrous sleeve called the capsule, which helps to hold the joint together. A group of four muscles and their tendons make up the rotator cuff, which controls movement and also helps to hold the joint together. There is another more minor joint where the top of the shoulder blade meets the collarbone, the acromioclavicular joint. You can take Aceclofenac and Paracetamol tablets for severe pain once a day for two days. The following exercise will help reduce the pain and increase the range of motion. When raising your arm or lifting objects, reduce the strain or pull on your shoulder by keeping your elbow bent and in front of your body, keeping your palm facing the ceiling. To lower your arm, bend your elbow, bringing your hand closer to your body. Your pain should ease within two weeks. You should carry on with exercise for 6 to 7 weeks to help prevent symptoms from returning.

Pendulum exercise:

  1. Let your other arm hang down and try to swing it gently backward and forwards and in a circular motion.
  2. Repeat about five times.
  3. Try this 2 to 3 times a day.

Shoulder Stretch:

  1. Stand and raise your shoulders.
  2. Hold for five seconds.
  3. Squeeze your shoulder blades back and together and hold for five seconds.
  4. Pull your shoulder blades downward and hold for five seconds.
  5. Relax and repeat ten times.

Raising arm and bend towards the shoulder and wall walk.

All these exercises will not only help in reducing pain make the shoulder normal.

Also, you can apply Diclofenac ointment and clean it with warm after 10 to 15 minutes following hot water fermentation. It will help to reduce the pain fast. Follow-up after three days for further investigation and medicines and exercise. Thank you.

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