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How to Make a Shoulder Ice Pack

by
author image S.R. Becker
S.R. Becker is a certified yoga teacher based in Queens, N.Y. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and has worked as a writer and editor for more than 15 years. Becker often writes for "Yoga in Astoria," a newsletter about studios throughout New York City.
How to Make a Shoulder Ice Pack
How to Make a Shoulder Ice Pack Photo Credit Ray Robert Green/Demand Media

Many shoulder injuries need to be treated with ice packs right away to help prevent swelling. If you have a rotator cuff tear, bursitis or another form of inflammation in your shoulder, icing will help relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Wrapping an ice pack around your shoulder can be difficult, and holding it in place can be inconvenient. Using a bandage to strap the ice pack in place allows you to ice your shoulder while keeping your hands free.

Step 1

How to Make a Shoulder Ice Pack
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Wrap a plastic zipper bag full of crushed ice or a large bag of frozen peas in a hand towel. Fold the towel around both sides of the bag to keep it from touching your skin.

Step 2

How to Make a Shoulder Ice Pack
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Lay the ice pack over your shoulder, shaping it to cover the sore area. When you have the bag in place, lay one end of an elastic bandage across the top of the ice pack. The rolled part of the bandage should be behind your arm.

Step 3

How to Make a Shoulder Ice Pack
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Wrap the bandage under your armpit and back to the top of your arm, overlapping the end.

Step 4

How to Make a Shoulder Ice Pack
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Wrap the bandage across your back, under the opposite armpit and across your chest. Bring the rolled part of the bandage back to the top of the injured shoulder, where you started.

Step 5

How to Make a Shoulder Ice Pack
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Wrap the bandage behind the injured shoulder and underneath the same armpit, as you did in Step 3.

Step 6

How to Make a Shoulder Ice Pack
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Bring the bandage over the shoulder and around to your back once more. Fasten the free end of the bandage to a section of bandage on your back.

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