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how long can a dislocated shoulder take to heal?

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Dr. Frank Holmes
22 years experience Sports Medicine
It depends...: A shoulder dislocation can result in only a stretching of the ligaments, or in more severe cases, a fracture, tear of the rotator cuff or labrum. Thus, healing depends on the severity of the injury. Some patients require surgery, many do not. One big concern with dislocations is recurrence. Generally, the younger the patient, the more likely he is to continue to dislocate the shoulder.
Answered on Jan 22, 2018
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Dr. Thomas Kennedy
41 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: 6 weeks or more depending on several variables including was this a first time dislocation or one of multiple, the age of the individual, did a labral injury occuror did a fracture occur?
Answered on Feb 1, 2018
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Dr. Thomas Kennedy
41 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
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Patients younger than 25 at the time of initial dislocation are at a high risk for recurrent dislocations which may benefit from surgical treatment.
Feb 8, 2015
Dr. Thomas Kennedy
41 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: 6 weeks or more depending on several variables including was this a first time dislocation or one of multiple, the age of the individual, did a labral injury occuror did a fracture occur?
Answered on Feb 1, 2018
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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
26 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Shoulder dislocation: More info needed. Length of time to heal depends on what was injured. Bankart tears have potential to heal whereas rotator cuff tears do not.
Answered on Dec 25, 2015

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