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I injured my shoulder while bench pressing? Should I just lift fewer pounds?

I injured my shoulder while bench pressing? Should I just lift fewer pounds?

Change routine: You probably have torn or injured your shoulder rotator cuff, which can be a persistent "plague" on your exercise routine. Do not do the same thing that caused it for a while and in any event exercise through stiffness but not through pain. If this was at a gym, perhaps there is a consultant who can advise you about alternate exercises. You could also see a physiatrist for advice. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Toman
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Shoulder Injuries (Definition)

The term shoulder defines the area of the body in which the upper extremity is connected to the torso. This area includes the proximal humerus, the scapula, the clavicle, the joints that connect these bones, and the muscles that allow for their motion. Disorder can describe any deviation from normal of the shoulder an injury would imply a deviation from normal caused ...Read more


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I think I injured my shoulder while bench pressing. How do I check where my injured muscle/area is?

I think I injured my shoulder while bench pressing.  How do I check where my injured muscle/area is?

Hard to say: If you have pain, there's a good chance the injury is where it hurts. You need to say what makes you feel you have an injury. Some are easily diagnosed on the surface by looking, palpating and moving the shoulder. Others require imaging such as x-ray or MRI to visualize the precise nature of the injury. But if there is not pain or loss of motion, do not worry. ...Read more

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What to do if i injured my shoulder during boxing, will it heal on its own?

What to do if i injured my shoulder during boxing, will it heal on its own?

Maybe: Ghays1: this is a tough one. Depends on the nature of the injury but most strains and contusions will improve without long term problems. First- stretch. Overhead should be pretty easy by 2 weeks afterward but reaching behind your back may take 6 weeks. If you are really weak( can't lift arm above shoulder height) after 3-4 weeks, make sure you see a shoulder specialist. ...Read more

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I injured my shoulder at work. I have pain on a scale of 1 to 10 as a 7. I've iced my shoulder and the pain isn't getting any better. Should I see Dr?

I injured my shoulder at work. I have pain on a scale of 1 to 10 as a 7. I've iced my shoulder and the pain isn't getting any better. Should I see Dr?

Yes : Sounds like an exam by your doctor is appropriate. Ask about whether a referral to orthopedics is necessary. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I injured my shoulder with a fall & it iis very painful what should I take for the awful painwhat is the best thing to take after asevere shoulder inj?

I injured my shoulder with a fall & it iis very painful what should I take for the awful painwhat is the best thing to take after asevere shoulder inj?

See your doctor: If it is a severe injury you should be evaluated by a doctor asap. You could have a fracture, separation or dislocation, ice the shoulder and try tylenol (acetaminophen) unless there is a contraindication to you taking it. If this does not help go to er. ...Read more

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Injured my shoulder now it is constantly hurting. How to treat this?

Injured my shoulder now it is constantly hurting. How to treat this?

Start simple: Rest, ice, activity modification. Ibuprofen or naproxen. If, after a few days, no improvement, then go straight to an orthopedic surgeon or sports specialist. An exam, x-rays and possibly an MRI would be part of the evaluation. Serious injury must be ruled out, as these can require surgery. If surgery can be ruled out, then most problems resolve with time and therapy. ...Read more

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Last weekend I had injured my shoulder (cause Unknown). now my arm feels like it is just hanging off my body. also still experiencing pain?

Last weekend I had injured my shoulder (cause Unknown). now my arm feels like it is just hanging off my body. also still experiencing pain?

Shoulder Trauma: If you are accurte with your description i would say you might have a fractured clavicle. But it might also be due to injury to your shoulder joint. You need to see your physician and do an X-Ray to Exclude fracture and determine the underlying cause of this condition ...Read more

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I injured my shoulder falling off my bike last week. Should I ice or heat and/or stretch?

I injured my shoulder falling off my bike last week. Should I ice or heat and/or stretch?

It depends: Your doctor can evaluate the injury to determine what the appropriate course of action is. Muscle strains or soreness generally respond better to heat, while ice is better for inflammation and bruising. A doctor can help you determine if there are any more serious injuries, like broken bones or tendon tears, so if you're concerned you should visit your physician. Wishing you a speedy recovery. ...Read more

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I injured my shoulder by pushing forward really hard. It now is very painful especially when I breath in. What should I do? See a Dr? Home remedies?

I injured my shoulder by pushing forward really hard. It now is very painful especially when I breath in. What should I do? See a Dr? Home remedies?

See a doctor: Severe pain after pushing may have injured more than your shoulder. Best to get it checked ASAP. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I injured my shoulder Lot of pain, no strenght and I cant move it. I am a goalkeeper. Can you help me?

You need to see: an spots doctor or orthopedic surgeon , need evaluation tests including MRI etc , possible physical therapy , surgery in some cases . First you see your family doctor to arrange referral ...Read more

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I injured my shoulder and its being treated as a sprain. It seems to have gotten worse and has more swelling. What should I do?

I injured my shoulder and its being treated as a sprain. It seems to have gotten worse and has more swelling. What should I do?

Ortho evaluation: It typically takes 3-6 weeks for this type of injury to heal. Ice, nsaid's and activity modification can help control symptoms during the healing process. Oral/injectable steroids, along with therapy, may also be needed. If the symptoms are persistent, see a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Hi, in February I injured my shoulder at the gym and still get acute rotational pain sometimes. I happened to film it : instagram.com/p/BBmbke9B5aT/ ?

Hi, in February I injured my shoulder at the gym and still get acute rotational pain sometimes. I happened to film it : instagram.com/p/BBmbke9B5aT/ ?

Shoulder pain: At your age the most common injury in the gym occurs to the muscle and or AC joint. Try ice , reduce or avoid actitivities or motions which produce pain . Short course of Nsaids. Ask for an an evaluation if it doesn't improve over 7-10 days ...Read more

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I injured my shoulder at gymnastics today, felt heavy after I done it and now it hurts to move, very limited movements, could I have dislocated it?

I injured my shoulder at gymnastics today, felt heavy after I done it and now it hurts to move, very limited movements, could I have dislocated it?

Subluxation likely: Assuming in gymnastics your arm was likely outstretched and potentially externally rotated, subluxation (transient dislocation) of the glenohumeral (shoulder) joint is definitely one of the more likely injuries. Your sense of heaviness relates to pressure on the underlying nerves heading from neck down toward arm past the shoulder joint. Orthopaedic evaluation is warranted to avoid further injury. ...Read more

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I injured my shoulder rotator cuff 3 or more years ago and now I'm getting some mild stiffness and severe burning pain. What do you think?

I injured my shoulder rotator cuff 3
 or more years ago and now I'm getting some mild stiffness and severe burning pain. What do you think?

Hard to say: Many potential causes, I would encourage you to be seen. Most common causes would be a recurrent rotator cuff problem or a cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve in the neck). An exam and appropriate studies can likely reveal the cause. Consider being seen. ...Read more

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I injured my shoulder last august. I am still experiencing weakness of the shoulder, pain radiating through my entire arm, and stiffness when trying to move it above shoulder height. What could it be?

I injured my shoulder last august. I am still experiencing weakness of the shoulder, pain radiating through my entire arm, and stiffness when trying to move it above shoulder height. What could it be?

Tough to call!: We don't know how badly you injured your shoulder, and what damage was done. Obviously, it was a serious injury, since it still hurts though. You could have injured joints, muscles, or tendons! You will need to see a doc, who can diagnose the problem, decide if you need further evaluation and/or physical therapy, as well as other treatment options. Don't do things that hurt a lot till seen. ...Read more

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I injured my shoulder a few months ago and I still experience pain radiating from the shoulder to my hand. My doctor sent me to have an MRI done to see if its a rotator cuff tear but I won't see him again for another month to find out the results. But as

I injured my shoulder a few months ago and I still experience pain radiating from the shoulder to my hand. My doctor sent me to have an MRI done to see if its a rotator cuff tear but I won't see him again for another month to find out the results. But as

R/O ROTATOR CUFF: I suggest going to MRI facility and get copy of MRI and report. I would schedule consult with PMR DOCTOR for potential injections to heal it PRP(PLATELET RICH PLASMA) and PT evaluation. Also ORTHO CONSULT if pain worsens and surgery is an option ...Read more

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Shoulder pain after loud pop bench pressing. Could I have injured it?

Shoulder pain after loud pop bench pressing. Could I have injured it?

Complex Joint: Yes. The shoulder is a complex joint, & many conditions/ injuries (rotator cuff injury, bursitits, tendonitis, labral pathology, etc) can cause pain. Some injuries of the shoulder are acute. And while you can certainly start w/ rest, ice, & nsaids (if not a problem for you), i also suggest you see an ortho for a specific treatment plan http://drmarkgalland.Com/category/shoulder. ...Read more

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Injured my shoulder two years ago still pain if I extend from body or lift arm over head and some weakness.what could it be?surgery required?xray neg

Injured my shoulder two years ago still pain if I extend from body or lift arm over head and some weakness.what could it be?surgery required?xray neg

You need: to be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon to assess your shoulder pain. There are many causes of shoulder pain, some requiring surgery, some not. Xrays cannot evaluate tendons, ligaments, bursa, labrum, or muscles, so a normal xray doesn't rule out an abnormality of those structures. MRI may be the next step, but wait and see what the ortho doc says. ...Read more