Ways To Deal With Chronic Shoulder Pain?

You are probably wondering what I’m doing up at 4:45 am, aren’t you? Well, I had to get up to pee of course. It would be the 95th time during the night my bladder decided to make a potty trip, but that’s not the only reason.

My shoulder is hurting and has been hurting for the past several months, and frankly, I am the point of telling my hubby to just cut it off!

Six years ago I was in a horrible car accident. I survived which is always a good thing. My children and hubby were all okay. I, however, suffered a cracked tail bone and two dislocated shoulders, along with seat belt lacerations.

It was tons of fun.

My tailbone healed quite quickly although when the weather changes or I walk long periods, it hurts. Overall it was a long road but I healed.

Then a couple of months ago I was in the storage room, reaching for a box up high. I’m a smurf and I was too stubborn to wait for my hubby to help.

I managed to get the box, but when I brought it down from the shelf, I didn’t quite have a grasp of it. It fell and I caught it. I must’ve caught it funny because the pain that shot through my shoulder was so intense, I thought my arm had ripped off. 

There are things you can do when you discover you have a shoulder injury, as it can take a long time to heal. So you have to patient. Depending on the type of injury you can try a few things.

For me, I know it’s my rotator cuff, which sucks. My shoulder becomes tight, stiff and difficult to even raise my arm above my hip. It often pops in and out of its socket, which is painful. And never mind getting sleep. 

  • Shoulder Exercises: A surgeon will often give you exercises to do aimed to strengthen your shoulder muscles. But here are a few you can do until then. 
  • Wall Push-Ups:  Face the wall with the your hands planted evenly upon it and feet and shoulder width apart. Slowly do a push-up. Do this five to ten times, and hold for a count of five. You can do this up to three times per day. 
  • Chair Up:  Sit in a chair with armrests, feet touching the floor. Using your arms slowly push yourself up off the chair. Hold for a count of five. Repeat as often as you want. 
  • Soup Crunches:  Holding a large can of soup in one hand, outstretched your arm the best you can and do lifts with the soup can being a weight. I did this often until more mobility and muscle returned to my shoulder.

Shoulder injuries aren’t fun. I’ve been dealing with mine for the past eight years on and off.  But you can recover or try to. I know for me I’m going to start my exercises today. Yes, it will hurt. Yes, it will take time. But it beats waking up six to eight times per night to write a blog post about it LOL. 

Happy Recovery 🙂


  1. Samantha September 29, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your injury and that it still causes you pain. I know that steam therapy is a good method of relaxing muscles. Have you tried it?

    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author September 30, 2014 at 3:18 am

      Oh I haven’t tried that yet. Thanks Samantha I will give that a go see if it helps. 🙂

    2. Samantha October 1, 2014 at 9:54 am

      You’re welcome. 🙂 Let me know if it works.

  2. Judy Cowan September 29, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Rotator Cuff injuries are terrible, my hubby managed to do small tears in both of his at the same time last year raking! He is much better now but suffered for months and still has days that one or both bother him. You definitely need patience with shoulder injuries. Hope yours feel better soon.

    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author September 30, 2014 at 3:19 am

      Thanks Judy, and I know how he feels. It’s awful the chronic pain.

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