Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Contusion to the Shoulder Treatment

Most shoulder contusions will heal in a couple weeks with only supportive care. General measures for a shoulder contusion includes rest, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. A shoulder sling may provide comfort for more severe shoulder contusions.

Treatment options for a shoulder contusion may include:

Contusion to the Shoulder Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of shoulder contusion.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • Do I need medication?
    • How long will I be on medication?
    • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
    • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
    • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having a shoulder sprain again?
  • Will I need to see my doctor for a checkup?

Contusion to the Shoulder Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a shoulder contusion:

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Last Updated: Jun 15, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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