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How long does it take for a shoulder sprain to heal?

How long does it take for a shoulder sprain to heal?

3-6 weeks: A sprain or strain of the shoulder involves injury to the tendon, muscle and bursa. This is usually self limiting and requires 3-6 weeks of healing time. Ice, nsaid's and activity modification can help with symptoms. Occasionally oral and/or injectable steroids are needed to reduce inflammation. Therapy is also an option. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

Sprains and strains are conditions in which a person has problems with his muscles (strains) and joints (sprains), such as pain, swelling, fractures, restricted movement, or joint instability, due to trauma or excessive exercise. The treatment ...Read more

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How long does it take for a sprained shoulder to heal?

How long does it take for a sprained shoulder to heal?

Depends: Depends on what caused the soreness. Inflammatory issues such as tendinitis & bursitis are unpredictable & best managed with rest, cortisone injections, & rehab exercises. A tear may never "heal" on its own depending on severity & often requires repair. A low grade partial tear may heal with rest & rehab. See an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Treating a Sprained Ankle (Checklist)

Rest at beginning of injury
Once
Use ice to decrease swelling and pain
Once
Use compression such as a soft brace or bandage
Once
Keep injury elevated
Once
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What dose of naproxen would be similar to 600mg of ibuprofen? And how often would one take the naproxen? Shoulder sprain.

What dose of naproxen would be similar to 600mg of ibuprofen?   And how often would one take the naproxen? Shoulder sprain.

Hard to say: There are no direct comparisons to be made but a similar dose would be in the range of 500mg twice daily of Naproxen for a simple strain you should not need medication for more than 7-10 days. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a shoulder sprain. What should I do?

I was diagnosed with a shoulder sprain. What should I do?

Specialist eval: If your shoulder sprain does not resolve with basic therapy (rest, ice, tylenol, nsaid's, and time), i would suggest an evaluation with an orthopedic surgeon with an expertise in shoulders. ...Read more

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Treating a Sprained Ankle (Checklist)

Rest
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Ice your ankle
Once
Use compression
Once
Elevate your ankle
Once
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What is the difference (symptoms wise) between a shoulder sprain and a rotator cuff tear?

What is the difference (symptoms wise) between a shoulder sprain and a rotator cuff tear?

Yes.: A shoulder sprain refers to a stretch or bruise to the ligaments that hold the shoulder together. A rotator cuff tear refers to a muscle that has been detached from its bony insertion. ...Read more

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My doc told me that I m suffering from back shoulder sprain. What does that mean?

My doc told me that I m suffering from back shoulder sprain. What does that mean?

Let me try to help: Sprain means the muscle or the ligaments are exposed to stress beyond capacity so they stretch or tear. Sprain usually put in grade 1 or 2 or 3. Three is the worst. Good luck. ...Read more

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Treating a Sprained Ankle (Checklist)

Ice
20 Min, Hourly for 1 day
Elevate
20 Min, Hourly for 1 day
Provide compression with a brace/wrap
12 Hrs, Daily for 1 week
See a specialist to differentiate sprain versus tear of the ligament
Once
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What do you suggest if my doctor told me that I m suffering from back shoulder sprain, wht is it?

What do you suggest if my doctor told me that I m suffering from back shoulder sprain, wht is it?

Sprain: I'm assuming you've been diagnosed with a back and shoulder sprain, meaning that you've had a stretch/pulling/twist injury do those areas. These type injuries almost always resolve with time and therapy and NSAIDs. ...Read more

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Sprain (Definition)

Sprain is also known as Sprains and strains. A sprain is an injury that results from excessive stretching of a ligament, which is a tough band that connects bone to bone and holds joints in place. Rapid swelling and pain ...Read more

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