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How can I treat my injured shoulder at home and what are the signs that I need to call my doctor?

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You can treat some shoulder injuries at home for a few days with rest and ice. You can bandage it to hold it in place if necessary, and elevate it above the heart. But some injuries need professional help. Here are signs that you need to see a doctor right away:

  • Your shoulder joint looks deformed.
  • You can’t use your shoulder at all.
  • The pain is intense.
  • The shoulder is swelling suddenly.
  • Your arm or hand is weak or numb.

From: Why Does My Shoulder Hurt? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: “Shoulder Pain.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Shoulder Pain.”

Mayo Clinic: “Shoulder Pain.”

NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Shoulder Problems.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Shoulder Injuries,” “Arthritis and Diseases That Affect the Shoulders.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Common Shoulder Injuries,” “Dislocated Shoulder,” “Clavicle Fracture,” “Shoulder Joint Tear,” “Rotator Cuff Tears,” “Shoulder Impingement/Rotator Cuff Tendinitis.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 17, 2019

SOURCES:

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: “Shoulder Pain.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Shoulder Pain.”

Mayo Clinic: “Shoulder Pain.”

NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Shoulder Problems.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Shoulder Injuries,” “Arthritis and Diseases That Affect the Shoulders.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Common Shoulder Injuries,” “Dislocated Shoulder,” “Clavicle Fracture,” “Shoulder Joint Tear,” “Rotator Cuff Tears,” “Shoulder Impingement/Rotator Cuff Tendinitis.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 17, 2019

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