This is a very common question and most health professionals would say to use cold therapy if your shoulder was injured in the past 72 hrs. After 72hrs they would say to use heat to promote healing. This is a very acceptable statement and is followed by millions, but there is no scientific evidence to support these claims. At the Advanced Shoulder Pain Relief Centre, we are all about relief so you are encouraged to use the modality (hot or cold) that gives you the most relief. Relief is what you need so try both and your body will tell you.


When using cold therapy relief do not apply a cold pack directly to your skin to prevent frostbite. Wet a towel and wrap the ice in it. If you apply some compression with the ice, you will get even greater results. The duration of the office is the most important part. DO NOT GO ANY LONGER THAN 10-12 mins. You can re-apply as often as you need after your skin temperature to touch is the same on both shoulders.


Make sure you have a proper sensation before putting on heat or ice. An easy test would be to heat a spoon up under the tap, then touch the spoon to your right shoulder and then the left shoulder area. This is a normal response if you can feel the heat and the sensation is equal on both sides. If you have poor sensation, do not apply heat and talk to your therapist. To test cold, you do the same test with cold tap water.


Contact us today for a free physiotherapy consultation. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, reach out to our experienced Physiotherapists in Bowmanville. Make an online appointment here or call us at 905-233-4374.

This article was an excerpt from our shoulder pain relief manual. You can download it.


Dave Evans

Owner / Registered Physiotherapist


About the Author

This article was written by We-Fix-U’s Owner and experienced chiropractor in Oshawa. He has taken a special interest in treating back injuries since his own back surgery and rehab experience.  His highlights have been working as a Physio alongside the athletes from the 2000 Olympics. Dave is always willing to help when needed.

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