Do I have a shoulder separation, dislocation, or rotator cuff injury?!

Question: Do I have a shoulder separation, dislocation, or rotator cuff injury.?
5 days ago, I hurt my left shoulder by incline bench pressing. I was pushing on my way up and heard a crack, lost all strength on my left arm, and my arm would stay bent at the elbow. Then, when I moved my shoulder back, there was a crack and my arm straightened out.

I went to the Ortho and got a x-ray. The bone came out okay on the x-ray.

Since the day of my injury I keep my shoulder immobilized as often as possible except when going to bed.

There is swelling from the trapezius area down to my hands and fingers on the left injured side.
No pain because I don't try to move it.
But it is difficult to move my arm with elbows locked.
Some weak areas with pressure(not painful) are shoulder blade area, biceps, elbow/triceps.

I will get a MRI if it gets worse but there is no pain when kept immobilized.

Thank you for your help.Health Question & Answer

If the x-ray showed that the bone came out okay, it's likely not a separation. Try raising it straight above your head. If there is a sharp pain when your arm is raised about 75 degrees from "resting" position, but none once you get it above your head, it is probably a rotator cuff injury. (I suffered one last spring and experienced this kind of pain. It hurt like hell to raise it, but I had side-to-side mobility without pain.) If there is a constant dull or throbbing pain, it is likely a dislocation. In any case, continue to ice and rest it and take ibuprofen to reduce the swelling. Rotator cuff injuries just have to heal themselves, there's not a lot you can do for them. If it gets worse, then yeah, seek further medical attention.Health Question & Answer

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