A 23-year-old female asked:
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i've been dealing with a dislocated shoulder for a year when does this kind of stuff heal?

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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
38 years experience Sports Medicine
You need evaluation: I hope your shoulder has not been dislocated for a year. If you have instability with recurrent dislocations, you may need surgery or at least physical therapy you need a thorough exam and probably an mri to evaluate possible labral pathology or other causes for instability.
Answered on Aug 9, 2012
Dr. Robert Coats II
22 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It may not: After a year of symptoms, it is unlikely to get better without treatment. Depending on the symptoms, treatment may consist of injections, therapy or surgery. Recurrent instability or dislocations require arthroscopic repair of the torn labrum. Pain and weakness may just be inflammation in the rotator cuff and bursa. This may resolve with non-operative treatment. See a board certified orthopaedist.
Answered on Mar 26, 2016
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