Symptoms include pain, a decrease in range of motion, and instability, which can feel like your shoulder may shift out of place.
You may not notice a very small tear, whereas a complete tear can cause persistent, aching pain accompanied by weakness or even paralysis in the affected arm.
How long does it take for a torn ligament in the shoulder to heal?
Depending on how severe the injury is, it may heal adequately in two to three weeks. In severe cases, the shoulder may not heal without surgery.
What does a shoulder tear feel like?
Typically, you will feel pain in the front of your shoulder that radiates down the side of your arm. It may be present with overhead activities such as lifting or reaching. If the tear occurs with injury, you may experience acute pain, a snapping sensation, and immediate weakness of the arm.
How do I know if my shoulder injury is serious?
Here are signs that you need to see a doctor right away:
- Your shoulder joint looks deformed.
- You can’t use your shoulder at all.
- The pain is intense.
- The shoulder is swelling suddenly.
- Your arm or hand is weak or numb.
How do you treat a torn ligament in your shoulder?
Treatment depends on the severity of the sprain. To help ease pain and swelling, apply ice right after the injury. Keeping the arm in a sling to limit the movement of the shoulder lets ligaments heal. This is often followed by physical therapy exercises.