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Suggest treatment for swelling on shoulder

I took a fall from a scooter and landed full weight on my shoulder across a concrete curb (37 year old male). Had x-rays, no obvious break...3 days later still swollen (with ibuprofen and ice) and cannot take my arm across my body or extend it and raise it in any direction. The acromion is still not visible with the swelling. I am a carpenter and rely on my physical condition to work safely. I am thinking of contacting an orthopedic (or my trusted chiropractor) to further investigate, or should I give it a few more days? If there is other damage I don t want to wait too long.
Mon, 13 Mar 2017
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Hi..
since you had a fall, swelling might to due to trauma to some structure in the shoulder joint...
it's good that you had a x-ray done..
now I would suggest you to wear shoulder sling to take of undue load on shoulder joint..
ice your shoulder frequently....like once in every 2 hours...I also suggest you to meet an orthopaedic or a qualified Physio to rule out ligament and muscle injury...
so that adequate steps can be taken to prevent any later complications...
injuries of this sort will take time to heal sometimes upto six weeks...
as I told continue medications till as per your GP advise and icing frequently will definitely help to bring your pain down and assist in healing of shoulder...
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