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Broken Shoulder Blade (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Call a doctor if these conditions exist, especially if they are associated with any trauma to the shoulder area or upper back.

  • Pain with movement of the affected shoulder
  • Swelling of the shoulder
  • Bruising around the shoulder
  • If shoulder pain fails to improve within 3-5 days

Significant trauma to the shoulder, chest wall, back, or neck can cause severe injuries and should be evaluated in a hospital's emergency department.

If a person experiences the following, call 911 for an ambulance immediately:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Decreased sensation in the affected arm
  • Abdominal pain

A person should go to the emergency department for evaluation if he or she experiences the following:

  • Severe pain or deformity of the shoulder
  • Inability to move the shoulder or arm
  • Weakness, numbness, or persistent tingling in the injured arm

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