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how long can it take a dislocated shoulder to get better?

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Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: Sometimes shoulders that dislocate do not ever dislocate again and people have complete recovery. If multiple dislocations occur been surgery can sometimes be needed to stop the dislocations.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Audie Rolnick
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Variable: Traumatic or atraumatic? Multiple dislocations or one? Can take several months. May never improve without rehab or surgery.
Answered on Apr 6, 2013
Dr. Charles Toman
17 years experience Sports Medicine
Months: It takes months and may require surgery.
Answered on Aug 16, 2013

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