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A 32-year-old member asked:

What should i do about a dislocated shoulder?

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Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Luanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
See your surgeon: A dislocated shoulder tends to continue to dislocate, each time causing damage that makes the problem worse each time. Surgery is not always needed, but the evaluation is import to address your individual situation. Please see your friendly neighborhood sports medicine orthopedic surgeon for assistance!
Dr. Daniel Mass
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Have it reduced: A dislocated shoulder needs to be reduced and stabilized. After reduction one needs to exercise after the pain resolves. If there is further dislocation or instability you need to consider having a surgical stabilization.
Dr. Tandy Freeman
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
See a doctor: Shoulder dislocations are not all the same. While most may be treated initially without surgery, some - such as those involving a fracture or rotator cuff tear - require surgical treatment for maximal recovery and decreased risk of recurrence. Examination by a skilled physician and appropriate x-rays are necessary to determine what further diagnostic studies or treatment options are indicated.
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Luanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Depends: It depends on many factors that you should go over in detail with a sports medicine or shoulder surgeon. How loose your ligaments are, your activity level, age, previous dislocations, and athletic involvement all help to determine your risk of having additional pain or dislocations. You may or may not decide upon surgery after such a discussion.
Dr. Amir Khan
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
See orthopedist: Initially rest it and avoid painful maneuvers especially the throwing position. You may use a sling for a few weeks if desired. Gradually, your activity level can be increased with a supervised rehab. Program. Discuss definitive treatment with a sports orthopedist to determine your options. Surgical and non-surgical treatment options are supported for a first time dislocator.
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 33 years experience
Get it reduced: And then give the capsule 4-6 weeks to heal.
Dr. Amir Khan
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
See orthopedist: After its put back in, rest it and avoid painful maneuvers especially the throwing position. You may use a sling for a few weeks if desired. Gradually, your activity level can be increased with a supervised rehab. Program. Discuss definitive treatment with a sports orthopedist to determine your options. Surgical and non-surgical treatment options are supported for a first time dislocator.
Dr. Audie Rolnick
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Get it reduced: First time? Traumatic? Needs evaluation assuming it is in proper place. Need exercises to strengthen. Might need pt, MRI or surgery.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of a dislocated shoulder?

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Dr. Daniel Mass
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Pain: Pain, loss of motion and a bulge in front of the shoulder.
Dr. Don Buford
Dr. Don Buford commented
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Although anterior dislocations are by far the most common, some patients do have posterior shoulder dislocations and will not have a bulge in the front of their shoulder. Pain and loss of motion are common with shoulder dislocations in either direction. X-rays can help determine the direction of the dislocation.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

How could I relocate my dislocated shoulder?

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Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Best not to: It is always best to seek medical attention after a shoulder dislocation. However this is not always possible and one may have to relocate their own shoulder at times. There are several ways to accomplish this one way is to me face down on a bed with the arm hanging over the side and have traction placed on the dislocated arm straight down.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

How can you fix a dislocated shoulder?

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Dr. Howard Luks
Dr. Howard Luksanswered
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 painful can a dislocated shoulder be?

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Dr. Michael Perez
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Very painful: A dislocated shoulder is unable to move normally. If you can do normal range of motion, then it may not be dislocated, just painful for any number of reasons. Dislocation requires medical attention to fix.
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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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