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A 17-year-old female asked:

how do you know if you have a dislocated shoulder?

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Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
X-rays! !!!: U need an incident, pain ; exam including x-rays.
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Severe pain: A shoulder dislocation is extremely painful and results in inability to move the shoulder joint at all. You might note a cavity/ groove over shoulder region where the dislocation has occurred. It can still be difficult to differentiate a dislocation from a fracture therefor an X Ray may be needed to confirm this.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How long until I can be active again from a dislocated shoulder?

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Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
3 to 6 months: For patients with a first-time dislocation that is treated without surgery, a period of immobilization followed by a course of therapy can lead to good results unless the shoulder redislocates depending on the severity of the injury regular activities can begin by three months with more aggressive sporting activities at 6 months.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

How can you fix a dislocated shoulder?

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Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Depends....: The treatment of shoulder dislocations is based on whether or not it is recurrent (more than one dislocation) and why it dislocated. Some shoulders dislocate because the ligaments are loose, and some because the ligaments or "labrum" is torn. Some people are treated with physical therapy, and some need to consider surgery.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How do you fully recover from dislocated shoulder?

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Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Slowly: To fully recover from a dislocated shoulder you must give it time to heal. Then you must reeducate and strengthen the shoulder muscles. You should avoid excessive stress on the joint as reinjury to the joint is very possible.
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A 17-year-old female asked:

I think i've dislocated my shoulder. Mum doesn't want me to go to the er. Is there a way to know for sure if i have?

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Dr. Pietro Seni
Orthopedic Surgery 47 years experience
Severe pain: If you have a shoulder dislocation you would be in a great deal of pain and unable to move it bacause the pain, so most likely you do not have one.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Seperate or dislocated shoulder, how to know?

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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine 39 years experience
Exam, xray, mri: One can tell if a joint such as an AC joint is separated of dislocated by a combination of exam, xray and mri A separated joint may be grade 1-3 and the joint may be subluxed or partially out of place A dislocated joint is totally out of place and usually needs to be reduced or put back in the proper position

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