Rotator Cuff Injury (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care
When to Call the Doctor
Not all shoulder pain arises from the shoulder. Sometimes angina, or pain from coronary artery disease from the heart, can be referred to the shoulder. Pain from the gallbladder or diaphragm can also be felt in the shoulder region, often in the shoulder blade area. Pain from a rotator cuff injury is worsened with shoulder movement. If the unexplained shoulder pain is not affected by movement, it is reasonable to seek immediate medical care. If there is concern that the pain is coming from the heart, emergency medical services should be activated (call 911 if available).
When to Go to the Hospital
It is reasonable to seek emergency medical care if there is worry about a broken bone, if there is numbness or change in sensation in the arm or hand, or if movement in the shoulder becomes acutely limited.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/4/2015
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