Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.
Your son might have suffered a soft tissue contusion
due to the blunt injury
which will generally resolve within a week or two. An xray of the injured arm and shoulder is necessary to ruleout any bony injury, if its inconclusive an MRI
scan is necessary to diagnose a soft tissue pathology.
The general treatment guidelines of a soft tissue contusion are as follows -
* REST - It is important to rest the injured part and allow some time to heal
* ICE PACKING - Apply ice to the injured area in the acute phase (first 48 hours after injury), and then after activities. Ice will help calm the inflammatory response and stimulate blood flow to the area.
* STRETCHING - Gentle stretching is helpful, but it should not be painful.
* MOIST HEAT APPLICATION - Before activities, gentle heating can help loosen the muscle. Apply a heat pack to the groin prior to stretching or exercising. As a general rule of thumb, remember to heat before an activity and ice afterwards
* ANTIINFLAMMATORY MEDICATION - Oral anti-inflammatory medications (such as Ibuprofen
, or Motrin
) can help relieve symptoms of pain and also calm the inflammation.
If your son's symptoms are not improving with the above measures, approach an orthopedic surgeon for further management.
Hope this information is helpful. Good day