A 39-year-old member asked:
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why does it take so long for a dislocated shoulder to heal?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
6-8 weeks standard: A dislocated shoulder that is reduced and now stable can undergo early guided physical therapy. Slings are usually disgarded as early as possible to avoid significant atrophy and stiffness. Strengthening can start once full active motion is regained.
Answered on Feb 5, 2017

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