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How soon should i have a x-ray for a shoulder injury?

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Dr. Sonja Stiller-martin answered

Specializes in Emergency Medicine

It depends: It depends on the type of injury.X-rays are mostly useful for an injury to a bone or joint displacement,although sometimes we can see signs of inflammation on them as well.If the injury is a muscle strain, tendon or ligament injury, the xray won't show it.Significant direct trauma to the shoulder should be x-rayed right away.At about 10 days out,a very small break not seen before may be seen.

Answered 7/2/2014

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As soon as possible.: See a non-surgical sports medicine specialist, who can get xrays, evaluate you, and prescribe the proper treatment.

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