A shoulder ice pack can be used for various shoulder injuries to minimize the swelling. If the individual ends up with bursitis, rotator cuff tear or another condition that involves inflammation in the shoulder, cold therapy can help in reducing the pain and inflammation.
In most cases, wrapping an ice pack around the shoulder might be difficult and it is inconvenient to hold it. With the help of a bandage, it can be used to fasten the ice pack in position to ensure application while keeping the hands free.
Steps in creating a shoulder ice pack
- With a plastic zipper bag, fill it with crushed ice or use a bag of frozen peas that is covered with a clean cloth or hand towel. Fold the towel or cloth over both sides of the bag to prevent it from directly touching the skin.
- Place the ice pack over the shoulder, allowing to form over the sore area. Once the pack is in place, place one point of the elastic bandage over the upper part of the ice pack. Take note that the rolled portion of the bandage must be behind the arm.
- Bind the bandage beneath the armpit and return to the top part of the arm, overlapping the end.
- Drape the bandage across the back, beneath the opposite armpit and over the chest. Take the rolled part of the bandage back to the upper part of the injured shoulder where the bandage started.
- Wrap the bandage at the back of the injured shoulder and below the same armpit which was done previously.
- Draw the bandage over the shoulder and around the back once more. Secure the free end of the bandage to a region of the bandage on the back.
A doctor should be consulted if a significant shoulder injury is suspected or if the pain and swelling continue to worsen despite the application of the ice pack.