Rotator Cuff Injury (cont.)
What Are Home Remedies for Rotator Cuff Injuries?
- Rest and ice are the first-line home treatment of any sprain or strain.
- Apply ice for 15-20-minute periods at least three times a day.
- A sling may be helpful to rest the shoulder but care must be taken not to wear the sling for too long, otherwise the shoulder joint will become stiff and may require significant time and effort in regaining any lost range of motion.
- Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen may help decrease the pain and swelling of the injury. These over-the-counter medications should be taken with care if there are underlying stomach or kidney problems or if the patient is taking a blood thinner like warfarin (Coumadin), heparin (Lovenox), dabigatran (Pradaxa), apixaban (Eliquis), or rivaroxaban (Xarelto). It is always appropriate to check with a health-care provider or pharmacist to determine the safety of over-the-counter medications.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/15/2016
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