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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)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...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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Just wondering about how long it takes for shoulder sprain to heal, am doing ice, splint, and nsaids and physical therapy ?

Just wondering about how long it takes for shoulder sprain to heal, am doing ice, splint, and nsaids and physical therapy
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Depends: Depends on what the underlying damage or problem really is. If only a strain or sprain then mild injuries take 2-4 weeks and moderate injuries take 4-8 weeks. If not better by then time to figure out why ...Read more

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Will you need a sling for a shoulder sprain and if so how long will you need a sling for?

Will you need a sling for a shoulder sprain and if so how long will you need a sling for?

Shoulder: It depends on severity of sprain and what was injured. Usually you stop using sling when there's no pain but should be combined with PT to preserve range of motion and avoid stiffness. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a shoulder sprain?

What are the symptoms of a shoulder sprain?

Very hard 2answer-: -as there R many signs & symptoms. They range from just an aching in the area about 3-4 inches from the shoulder in the humerus, this is very none specific symptom as many injuries 2 the shldr refer pain 2 this area called the deltoid tubracle (sp). Major injuries R very painful, but a strain is not. U always should C an orthopedic surgeon if it persists after a few days. Xam+X-rays R needed. ...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, (acetaminophen) nsaid's, and time), i would suggest an evaluation with an orthopedic surgeon with an expertise in shoulders. ...Read more

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If you come to the hospital with a shoulder sprain what will they do?

If you come to the hospital with a shoulder sprain what will they do?

Hospital emergency: rooms are prepared to treat all shoulder injuries including fractures, sprains and tendonitis. Clinicians can help set shoulders if displaced, diagnose fractures and cast or sling, give strong medications to alleviate pain, and help set you up with specialists that you can follow up with. Without such services, you will not be able to get the help you need. Some primary care offices can do so. ...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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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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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

Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more