If you are experiencing pain in your shoulder, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Many people try to tough it out and hope the pain will go away on its own, but this is not a wise decision. There are many different causes of shoulder pain, and some of them can be quite serious. In this article, we will discuss 5 signs that you should see a doctor about your shoulder injury.
You may hear a popping sound in your shoulder after a hard fall, which is followed by significant pain and shoulder weakness. This could be a rotator cuff injury or an AC joint separation. After a fall, if you hear a popping sound, you should contact a doctor straight away before your injury worsens.
One of the most common signs that you may need to see a doctor about your shoulder injury is if your shoulder becomes weak and unstable. This can make it difficult for you to do everyday tasks, such as reaching up high or lifting something heavy. If this happens, make an appointment with your doctor to get checked out.
Another sign that you should see a doctor about your shoulder injury is if your shoulder pain becomes intense or lasts for a long time. If the pain is interfering with your daily activities, make an appointment with your doctor to get it checked out.
If you can’t move your shoulder in the way that you used to, this is another sign that you should see a doctor. This may be a sign of something more serious, such as a rotator cuff tear. Make an appointment with your doctor to get it checked out.
If you experience swelling or bruising in your shoulder, this is another sign that you should see a doctor. This may be a sign of an injury to the rotator cuff or other muscles and ligaments in the shoulder. Make an appointment with your doctor to get it checked out.
If you are experiencing any of the five signs mentioned above, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible about your shoulder injury. Don’t try to tough it out or hope that the pain will go away on its own – this could lead to further complications and an extended recovery time. Dr. Stephen S. Chen, MD is expert in diagnosing and treating shoulder injuries, so call him today and schedule an appointment. He’ll help you get back to your everyday activities as quickly as possible.
Dr. Chen sees patients at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Center for Sports Medicine in Walnut Creek, California. He is a board-certified Pediatrician and Sports Medicine Doctor that specializes in the non-operative medical treatment of a wide variety of various musculoskeletal conditions, including back injuries. Dr. Chen graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine and went on to complete Pediatric residency training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey (Rutgers), then went on to fellowship training in Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, one of the perennially top-ranked children’s hospitals in the nation. There he provided sideline coverage for NCAA Division I athletics at the University of Cincinnati and Miami University (OH). Since graduating, Dr. Chen has continued his love of sports coverage by volunteering for the San Francisco Marathon, the San Francisco Giant Race, and as the team physician for Northgate High School in Walnut Creek. Being a part of The Center for Sports Medicine allows Dr. Chen quick access to a multidisciplinary team of orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, physiatrists, and physical therapists to return you to your highest functional level quickly and safely. Click here to contact us for your next appointment!