Musculoskeletal injuries can often cause distressing symptoms that persist for several weeks after an injury
. Given the hard surface of the basketball court, theoretically you could have suffered a minor fracture of the shoulder joint. This can be detected by simple x-rays that your primary care physician
or university health doctor
can arrange. The shoulder also contains a group of 4 muscles known as the rotator cuff, which acts to stabilize the ball-in-socket joint. These muscles can be bruised or torn like any other muscles involved in a trauma. A torn rotator cuff will often cause weakness in one of several motions of the arm, which can be tested for with a thorough physical exam by your doctor. If there is concern for a rotator cuff injury, then you may need a MRI to further characterize the details.
Other than a fracture or muscle tear, your injury may also have produced a simple bruise or muscle strain, which can sometimes take more than a month to heal. You can try taking Ibuprofen; this can help decrease the inflammation in the area and may help to alleviate the pain you are experiencing.