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Shoulder Pain – When to see an Orthopedic Doctor?

by / Monday, 30 December 2019 / Published in Blog

Of all joints in the human body, the shoulder joint has the most incredible range of motion. While this wide range of motion allows us many movements, it also makes the shoulders more prone injuries. Experiencing some minor aches and pains in the body, once in a while, is normal but if you have shoulder pain, how would you know when to see a doctor?

While small pains are expected, as we age, it is important to recognize when to seek immediate medical attention for pain. When it comes to the shoulder, here are some important signs that urge you to seek urgent medical attention.


If your shoulder pain has continued for more than a few days, it’s time to see an orthopedic doctor. Shoulder pain (or any other pain) should not last more than a few days. If it does, it could be a sign of some damage that is causing the pain and is unable to heal on its own. An experienced orthopedic doctor can diagnose and treat the pain.


If your pain is mild and bearable, you may wait a couple of days to see if it goes away. However, this is not applicable if your pain is the result of an injury, such as a fall. An injury may cause tissue damage that may result in a chronic condition and severe pain, if left untreated. Any intense pain is also a sign that you should see a doctor immediately.


If you experience shoulder pain, mild or intense, after a car accident, fall, sports accident, or any other incident, seek medical attention immediately. Pain after an accident or fall means that something in your shoulder may have suffered an injury. Thorough examination by an orthopedic doctor can get you an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.


If your shoulder appears deformed or physically different than it normally does, do not ignore it, even if you aren’t feeling any symptoms. Any swelling, bulges, discoloration, etc. on your shoulder, should be checked out by a doctor immediately.

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