• Properly support your arm, let gravity help you.
  • Sleep in a reclining chair, or with a large bolster supporting your whole back.
  • Keep a small pillow behind your upper arm to raise your elbow forward; rest your forearm on your tummy.
  • Don’t try to lie flat; it’s not dangerous, but it will hurt.
  • The sling supports the weight of your forearm; let your upper arm hang comfortably.
  • Wear the sling when up and around, and while sleeping; you can take it off while sitting, resting or showering.
  • Wear shirts that button up the front.
  • Gradually increase how much, and for how long, you use your arm…use your symptoms as a guide.
  • Wrap a large ice pack around your shoulder for 20 minutes every 3-4 hours.

Medication

  • Take as instructed – usually Ibuprofen and Vicodin.
  • Take your pain medicine regularly for the first 2-3 days, as scheduled, even if you’re fairly comfortable. You’ll cut down after a few days.
  • Novocaine in the shoulder will keep you comfortable for 8-12 hours post surgery.
  • Sometimes, a Pain Pump is used to slowly drip novocaine into your shoulder for up to 2 days.