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.