While attempting to stand up straight in a semi-enclosed metal frame, I contacted a solid metal beam with sharp edges on my right shoulder. I was slightly bent forward in this motion so that the actual contact point was on my upper trap, between my neck and rotator cuff and about 2-3 in. down from the top of my shoulder. I would say the force of injury received to be the same as if a person was standing behind me holding a 10-15 lb. sledgehammer(with sharp edges) above my shoulder and letting it fall with just gravity to impact the spot.
This happened 4 months ago and still feels the same, painful, burning muscles in neck mostly, but also in lower trap area.
This is now a workman's comp claim. I've seen a doctor and had x-rays. X-rays show no bone injuries or major muscle tears. Have not done MRI yet. The doctor referred me to Phys-therapy 3 times a week for 4 weeks. I've had three sessions(5-10mins of masage and 5-10 mins of light strength motions) so far with the only improvement noticed by the therapist is a slight increase in the range of motion of my arm. The pain has only subsided a little.
At this point I'm just wondering what to expect for recovery and time. Should I push the doctor to do the MRI sooner?