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Should I see a doctor about my shoulder pain?

Unless you have a traumatic injury or experience sudden and continuing pain, there’s no need to see your doctor straight away. But if the pain doesn’t improve after about two weeks then you should see your doctor or a physiotherapist in case you have a more complex problem.

You should see your doctor as soon as possible if you:

  • develop severe pain in both shoulders
  • also have pain in your hips or thighs
  • also feel feverish or unwell.

These can be signs of a condition called polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), which needs to be treated quickly.

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