Emergencies.Shoulder pain and weakness may be part of a group
of symptoms that indicate a much more serious problem, such as a heart attack.
If shoulder pain or weakness occurs with chest pain, shortness of breath,
sweating, or nausea, call 911 or other emergency services immediately. For more information, see the topic
Call your doctor immediately if you have an injury to your shoulder
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You have signs of damage to the nerves or blood vessels,
such as numbness, tingling, a "pins-and-needles" sensation below the injury, or
pale, cold, or bluish skin.
If you have had a shoulder problem in the past and you have
shoulder pain, call your doctor to find out what you need to do.
For more information, see the topic
Shoulder Problems and Injuries.
Watchful waiting is a period of time during
which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition
without using medical treatment. A watchful waiting period may vary from a few
days to weeks or possibly months. Watchful waiting is not appropriate
Pain in your shoulder is
Your shoulder is deformed.
there is nerve damage (loss of feeling) from an injury or vascular damage
(pale, cold, or bluish skin).
Most shoulder pain that is not caused by a severe (acute)
injury will get better with rest and by avoiding painful movements and
positions. Apply ice or heat to your shoulder and take
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which can reduce
pain and inflammation. If this relieves the pain in your shoulder, gradually
resume your regular activities.
If your shoulder is still painful
after 7 to 10 days of home treatment, call your doctor.