Wednesday I pulled a muscle (or perhaps a few) pulling something down off a shelf at work. My shoulder, upper back by my shoulder, and chest all hurt. As I was pulling it off the shelf, I felt the pain and knew it wasn't going to be fun. I'm right handed and it's on my left side so I've been able to baby it a little. Does anyone know when it will stop hurting? Is it too late to put ice on it? Is it ok to put ice on it when it is that close to my heart?
Answer by Crafty26 at 7:37 PM on Jun. 30, 2013
It's NEVER TOO LATE for ice!!! ;o) Ice for 20 minutes, let rewarm naturally then ice again!! Proximity to the heart has nothing to do with icing. As an Athletic Trainer, with experience in the sports medicine field for over 15 years this is the kind of thing I eval & treat.
Please do NOT heat it... that most certainly prolongs healing as you are still in the inflammatory phase. Heat will only help once you have moved out of that phase in a week or two, and it will only help you stretch. Heat is NOT a pain killer.
If you can take advil (ibuprofin) please do that for a few days as well.
If you get to Monday and your pain in NOT decreasing steadily see a doc b/c damage may be worse than you think. It's Workman's comp since it happened at work so make sure your boss is aware.
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