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 do you know if you have a sprained shoulder?
What are the signs and symptoms of a shoulder sprain?
- Bruising or changes in skin color.
- Pain and stiffness, especially with movement.
- Swelling and tenderness.
How do you treat a sprained shoulder?
Acromioclavicular joint sprains — In Grades I or II sprains, the injured shoulder is treated with rest, ice and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin and others) to relieve pain and swelling. The arm is placed in a sling for one to three weeks.
Will a sprained shoulder heal on its own?
A sprain may take up to 8 weeks to fully heal, depending on how severe it is. Moderate to severe shoulder sprains are treated with a sling or shoulder immobilizer. Minor sprains can be treated without any special support.
How long does a strained shoulder muscle take to heal?
Recovery time depends on the severity of the injury. For a mild strain, you may be able to return to normal activities within three to six weeks with basic home care. For more severe strains, recovery can take several months. In severe cases, surgical repair and physical therapy may be necessary.