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A 22-year-old female asked:

constant shoulder dislocation e.r. dr think i'm drug seeking what do i do?

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Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
See : Ortho. Don't ask for drugs.
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Find a SportsMed doc: Go see a sports medicine specialist, preferably someone who has a primary care or non-operative background. See if physical therapy can strengthen your shoulder (rotator cuff) enough to prevent any more dislocations. If you're beyond that, an orthopedic shoulder specialist can offer you different surgical procedures to keep you from dislocating. Be prepared for lots of rehab afterwards!

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A 23-year-old member asked:

Could doing pull-ups cause another shoulder dislocation?

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Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: After a shoulder dislocation many activities can lead to another shoulder dislocation especially with arms overhead while supporting weight. It is best to ease into theses activities and adjust weights based on how the shoulder feels.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What exercises are good for stability after shoulder dislocation?

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Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Theraband: Theraband exercises which are progressively stronger large rubber bands are an excellent exercise to improve stability and strength about the shoulder after a dislocation.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

How can I build my shoulder strength after recovering from shoulder dislocation?

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Dr. Robert Levine
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Physical Therapy: In general i recommend physical therapy. The program includes precautions to the therapist because of prior dislocation. The program also include cuff stabilization and strengthening. Assuming it was an anterior dislocation, i would have the therapist emphasize some subscapularis strengthening. The therapist would then progress you to a more vigorous program as you recover.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

How do I stop my shoulder dislocation from happening?

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Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Surgery: People that had multiple traumatic shoulder dislocations are best dealt with surgery. This is usually an arthroscopic type procedure that has a greater than 90% success rate in stopping further dislocations. For people that can voluntarily dislocate their shoulders the success rate for surgery is much less.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

How is a shoulder dislocation typically reduced?

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Dr. Howard Luks
Dr. Howard Luks answered
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Depends...: The way that shoulders are reduced is dependent on the direction it has dislocated. Many shoulder dislocations will reduce spontaneously as your are moving around on your way to the emergency room. If the shoulder is still dislocated in the emergency room, the reduction maneuver chosen by the doctor will be based on the xray findings.

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