Many types of arm and elbow pain will get better on their own, especially if you start P.R.I.C.E. measures within 48 hours of your injury.
- Protection. As much as possible, try not to use your arm.
- Rest. Take a break from your normal activities.
- Ice. Place an ice pack or bag of frozen peas on the sore area for 15 to 20 minutes three times a day.
- Compression. Use a compression bandage to reduce swelling.
- Elevation. If possible, elevate your arm to help reduce swelling.
Remember, if you have a shoulder injury, you should see an orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible. A delay in treatment for shoulder injuries can lessen your chance of a complete recovery.
If you have questions about your shoulder or elbow pain, call Riverside’s Ask-A-Nurse at (757) 595-6363 or 1-800-675-6368 for additional help.