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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Suggest treatment for shoulder injury in the upper left arm

Yesterday I tripped on a plastic shovel and braced myself on a rock wall. I think I heard my shoulder pop out and back into place. I screamed and winced in pain for 20 minutes. After an ER visit last night, I learned that I did not break or dislocate anything. I am still experiencing severe pain on my upper left arm on the outside more toward the shoulder. What can I do? What did I injure? How long will it take to heal? Thank you.
Tue, 2 May 2017
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Hi, there!
Your description lead me think about shoulder subluxation and spontaneous reposition. The joint capsule is sprained and it causes pain. Try not to move Your shoulder.
Use a sling for 1week and apply pain killer gel (Ibuprofen).
Ultrasonography will be valuable to reveal tendon tears (rotator cuff), other option is MRI scan.
Subluxation pain will cure after 1week, but uncertain inner damage can be painful for longer time.

I hope this helps
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