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Got hit on the shoulder, swelling, intense pain, unable to lift arm

hi, i was going down a waterslide and my shoulder hit one of the sides bad. it is swollen but there is no bruising. it has been 4 days now and i cant lift my arm without feeling unbearable pain . i have to us my other arm help lift. i am holiday in morocco and the health care is poor. a doctor said its broken in two places, i went to another doctor and he said its not.
Asked On : Mon, 7 May 2012
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Hi samira,
Welcome to Health Care Magic.

Based on the information provided there are three possibilities:-

1. Dislocation of shoulder

2. Rotator cuff injury.

3. Fracture.

Please get an x-ray of your shoulder done , which would rule out dislocation and fracture. If there were to be a fracture , it will cause you intense pain even at rest and the swelling would be much more.

If the x-ray turns out to be normal the possibility of rotator cuff injury ( most probably supraspinatus tendon tear) is highly likely in your case.

Rotator cuff injury can be confirmed by clinical examination and MRI of shoulder.

Please get an X-ray done and consult the doctor with the reports and take treatment accordingly.

Wish you a speedy recovery.

Take care

Answered: Mon, 7 May 2012
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