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when before i can return to work after dislocating my shoulder?

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Dr. Mena Mesiha
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Evaluation First: First you should see an orthopedic surgeon to advise you on whether you need any treatment before going back to work. If you feel great, you can use your judgment and decide you do not need to be seen; however, if you have a job that requires any sort of manual labor it doesn't hurt to get checked out to make sure you are not at an unreasonably high risk of having another dislocation.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How long until I can be active again from a dislocated shoulder?

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Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
3 to 6 months: For patients with a first-time dislocation that is treated without surgery, a period of immobilization followed by a course of therapy can lead to good results unless the shoulder redislocates depending on the severity of the injury regular activities can begin by three months with more aggressive sporting activities at 6 months.
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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
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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.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

What exercises should someone refrain after dislocating a shoulder?

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Dr. Howard Luks
Dr. Howard Luksanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
No easy answer... : Many patients who suffer from shoulder dislocations will benefit from rotator cuff strengthening exercises, as well as exercises of the muscles around the shoulder blade or scapula. Unfortunately, despite adequate strength your shoulder may still dislocate :-(.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How do you fully recover from dislocated shoulder?

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Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Slowly: To fully recover from a dislocated shoulder you must give it time to heal. Then you must reeducate and strengthen the shoulder muscles. You should avoid excessive stress on the joint as reinjury to the joint is very possible.

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