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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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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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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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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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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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What cud be the possible sickness if i hav reoccurring shoulder sprain.What treatment can be done.Physiotherapy was done for 2cycle bt NT effective?

What cud be the possible sickness if i hav reoccurring shoulder sprain.What treatment can be done.Physiotherapy was done for 2cycle bt NT effective?

Labral tear: You should be evaluated for instability of the shoulder and probably an MRI will reveal a tear of the labrum of the shoulder joint. ...Read more

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Why does a shoulder sprain or strain cause pain under the breast? As in where underwire of bra would sit. Is it better to wear bra or no bra to help?

Why does a shoulder sprain or strain cause pain under the breast? As in where underwire of bra would sit. Is it better to wear bra or no bra to help?

Can affect breast: A sprain -depending on how strenuous-can involve several shoulder and adjacent chest muscles , upon which the breast lies. I am no expert in bras ! maybe one with no wire is preferable. ...Read more

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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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