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I was in an auto accident in sept. And I have pain in my left shoulder. The doctors have x-rayed and don't see anything wrong, but it really hurts. What should I do?

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Dr. Thomas Kennedy
Orthopedic Surgery
6 doctors agree

In brief: See a specialist

There are many injuries that don't show up on an xray.
It is time to seek the evaluation of an orthopaedic surgeon. If necessary he will order an MRI to assist his evaluation.

In brief: See a specialist

There are many injuries that don't show up on an xray.
It is time to seek the evaluation of an orthopaedic surgeon. If necessary he will order an MRI to assist his evaluation.
Dr. Thomas Kennedy
Dr. Thomas Kennedy
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Dr. Paxton Daniel
Condition called "frozen shoulder" can occur after trauma. An orthopedic surgeon can help sort this out and, if it is present, steroids injected into the joint often help.
Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: X-rays not see all

The shoulder is a very complex joint.
There are muscles, tendons, bursas, nerves that are wrapped together in a very efficient fashion. X-rays don't see everything and you need further evaluation to look at all of these other components. You need to discuss this with your physician and you may need referral for further examination, testing, maybe more imaging with ultrasound or mri.

In brief: X-rays not see all

The shoulder is a very complex joint.
There are muscles, tendons, bursas, nerves that are wrapped together in a very efficient fashion. X-rays don't see everything and you need further evaluation to look at all of these other components. You need to discuss this with your physician and you may need referral for further examination, testing, maybe more imaging with ultrasound or mri.
Dr. John Goldman
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Dr. Amir Khan
Sports Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: See orthopedist

Shoulder pain can be referred from the neck or it could be locally from the shoulder. Common local problems include but not limited to spasms, arthritis in the ball and socket or ac joint, bursitis, impingement, rotator cuff re-tear, labral tears, biceps problems, stiffness, and instability.
See an orthopedist to diagnose the problem an MRI with dye in the joint may be very helpful.

In brief: See orthopedist

Shoulder pain can be referred from the neck or it could be locally from the shoulder. Common local problems include but not limited to spasms, arthritis in the ball and socket or ac joint, bursitis, impingement, rotator cuff re-tear, labral tears, biceps problems, stiffness, and instability.
See an orthopedist to diagnose the problem an MRI with dye in the joint may be very helpful.
Dr. Amir Khan
Dr. Amir Khan
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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Rotator cuff/labrum

The majority of shoulder problems are related to soft tissue problems.
The rotator cuff tendons and the labrum (cartilage) are frequently injured. Time to see an orthopedic doc for a thorough exam and possible mri.

In brief: Rotator cuff/labrum

The majority of shoulder problems are related to soft tissue problems.
The rotator cuff tendons and the labrum (cartilage) are frequently injured. Time to see an orthopedic doc for a thorough exam and possible mri.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Dr. Frank Holmes
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Dr. Hill Hastings
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Shoulder evaluation

Usually by 4 months minor problems will correct unless there is muscle imbalance continuing to impair proper shoulder motion.
It it has not responded by now, it would be worth seeing a shoulder specialist.

In brief: Shoulder evaluation

Usually by 4 months minor problems will correct unless there is muscle imbalance continuing to impair proper shoulder motion.
It it has not responded by now, it would be worth seeing a shoulder specialist.
Dr. Hill Hastings
Dr. Hill Hastings
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