Does your Shoulder Injury Need Treatment?

Shoulder_TreatmentIf you have a shoulder injury, it may require treatment. But how do you determine whether your shoulder needs medical treatment, or just a little rest and relaxation? If you are suffering from the following common shoulder injuries you will  need to consult your orthopedic doctor for treatment.

Rotator cuff tear

The rotator cuff is a group of small muscles and tendons inside of the shoulder. When the tissue therein is torn, it will cause severe shoulder problems, including an inability to use your shoulder and infection. Symptoms of rotator cuff tears include:

  • Dull aching in the shoulder
  • Inability to lift your arm
  • Pain when lifting your arm

Pulled shoulder muscle

When untreated, a pulled shoulder muscle can eventually leave you unable to use your shoulder. Symptoms of a pulled muscle include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Weakness
  • Throbbing
  • Pain when lifting your arm
  • Inability to lift your arm

Damaged nerves

Nerve damage in the shoulder will cause long-lasting problems in your shoulder, and can extend to other parts of your body if left untreated. Symptoms of nerve damage include:

  • A numbness or tingling in or around the shoulder
  • Weakness
  • Inability to lift your arm
  • A “pins and needles” pain in the shoulder area

Shoulder instability

This type of injury happens when your shoulder is forced out of place. It often results in a shoulder dislocation, but it can also be less obvious. The damage it causes often includes long-term damage to the tissues within the shoulder. Symptoms of shoulder instability include:

  • A feeling like the shoulder is slipping out of place
  • Sudden weakness in the shoulder
  • Recurring shoulder dislocations
  • Recurring shoulder pain

All of the shoulder injuries discussed in this article can be treated

Do not let a serious shoulder injury go untreated; if you ignore a serious problem with your shoulder, the condition is likely to get worse. The only way to accurately determine whether or not your shoulder injury needs treatment — and to get it properly taken care of — is to consult a medical professional’s help. To learn more, feel free to contact us.

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