What are the symptoms of shoulder problems?

Pain and stiffness that does not go way over months or years.

Pain that's worse after using your arm or shoulder.

Tingling, numbness, week feeling like it's clicking on locking

Sudden bad pain where you cannot move your arm, or it changes shape.

Pain on the top of the shoulder.

Acute severe discomfort in the shoulder, preventing regular activities.

What should I do if I have shoulder problem?

Consult your healthcare provider.

You should see your healthcare provider right away if you have

Pain is sudden or very bad.

You are unable to move your arm.

Shoulder or arm has changed shape or severe swelling.

Pins and needles that do not go way.

No feeling in the arm or shoulder.

Arm or shoulder is hot or cold to touch.

Unable to move shoulder after trauma [ Falls, car accidents]

How can my healthcare provider help me?

Your healthcare provider will talk to you about the injury, perform a physical exam.

If it is determined necessary, your healthcare provider will order imaging tests. [X-ray, CT scan, MRI] 

They will prescribe medicines, exercises to relieve discomfort.

Self-help?

Consult your healthcare provider if there is any concern at any time.

Self-help is recommended only for mild symptoms.

Stay active and gently move the affected shoulder.

Try exercises recommended by your healthcare provider.

Stand up straight to your shoulders gently back.

Sit with a cushion behind the lower back.

Rest your arm on a cushion in your lap.

Use medicines prescribed by your healthcare provider for pain relief. You can use ice packs, heating pad. Avoid ice/heat burn injury to the skin.

Do NOT do the following.

Do not stop using your shoulder completely.

Do not do activities that make the symptoms worse.

Do not make up your own strenuous exercises, or use heavy gym equipment.

Do not slouch was sitting.