Deltoid Contusion

Deltoid Contusion

A deltoid contusion is a bruise in the deltoid muscle which is situated on the side of the shoulder. This occurs after a direct impact to the muscle, usually from a hard, blunt object such as a hard ball or an opponents elbow!

Symptoms of a Deltoid Contusion

  • Pain in the muscle after impact.
  • Pain and difficulty when lifting the arm to the side.
  • Tender to touch the muscle.
  • Bruising appears.
  • There may be some swelling.


  • Rest the arm, apply a sling if necessary to relax the muscle.
  • Apply ice or cold therapy products as soon as possible and regularly to ease pain, bleeding and inflammation.
  • In most cases a deltoid contusion will heal naturally within 1-2 weeks.
  • If symptoms persist visit a doctor to rule out further damage.
  • Also look out for neural signs such as tingling, numbness and weakness in the arm or hand which may indicate nerve damage.