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    Shoulder Separation Treatment

    Call 911 if:

    • The injury was caused by a severe blow.
    • The person's pulse is weak.

    • The injury was caused by a severe blow.
    • The person's pulse is weak.

    1. Get Medical Help Immediately

    • See a doctor or go to a hospital emergency room.

    2. Immobilize Shoulder

    • Place person's forearm at right angle to chest.
    • Apply sling and tie it around neck.
    • To bind arm to body, wrap a towel around chest and arm and tie it under opposite arm.

    3. Control Pain and Swelling

    • Apply ice for 20 minutes. Remove to rewarm skin and reapply.

    4. Follow Up

    • See a doctor if joint pain or swelling continues after 2 or 3 days.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on September 12, 2015

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