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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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Dislocated Shoulder (Overview)

Occurs when the head of humeus displaces in relationship to the glenoid fossa. May also cause soft tissue (rotator cuff/ labrum) damage.


Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
136 doctors shared insights

Dislocated Shoulder (Overview)

Occurs when the head of humeus displaces in relationship to the glenoid fossa. May also cause soft tissue (rotator cuff/ labrum) damage.


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How long can a dislocated shoulder take to heal?

How long can a dislocated shoulder take to heal?

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? ...Read more

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Suffered dislocated shoulder without knowing went in on its own.What would a MRI show to lead to the diagnosis of dislocated shoulder from orthopedist?

Suffered dislocated shoulder without knowing went in on its own.What would a MRI show to lead to the diagnosis of dislocated shoulder from orthopedist?

Multiple findings: Learn more about unstable shoulder here: http://theshouldercenter.Com/unstable-shoulder.Htm multiple areas of the shoulder can be injured with a shoulder dislocation or even multiple episodes of subluxation/instability. The decision for the best treatment has to be individualized and depends on many factors. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a dislocated shoulder?

How do you know if you have a dislocated shoulder?

Severe pain: A shoulder dislocation is extremely painful and results in inability to move the shoulder joint at all. You might note a cavity/ groove over shoulder region where the dislocation has occurred. It can still be difficult to differentiate a dislocation from a fracture therefor an X Ray may be needed to confirm this. ...Read more

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My 12 year old is in severe pain with a dislocated shoulder. What is the best way to treat a dislocated shoulder?

My 12 year old is in severe pain with a dislocated shoulder. What is the best way to treat a dislocated shoulder?

This depends: I am assuming that the shoulder has been put back in. If the shoulder has been put back in, a short period of rest in a sling followed by gentle attempts to regain range of motion will allow early pain relief. Then pt can begin. If the shoulder has not been put back in, go to a doctor now. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a dislocated shoulder?

What is the best treatment for a dislocated shoulder?

Closed Reduction: The best treatment for an acute dislocated shoulder is urgent closed reduction. This can be performed by emergency room physician or orthopedic on call surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the typical treatments for a dislocated shoulder?

What are the typical treatments for a dislocated shoulder?

Depends...: The treatment for shoulder dislocations varies based on the reason why the shoulder is dislocating. Some shoulders dislocate because the ligaments that hold the shoulder together are loose. Traumatic dislocations usually result in a ligament tear. The treatment of the loose shoulder may simply be physical therapy, whereas the person with a tear might require surgery. ...Read more

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What is the cure for a dislocated shoulder?

What is the cure for a dislocated shoulder?

Physical therapy.: If you're a first time dislocator, generally physical therapy is indicated, to strengthen the shoulder musculature, to prevent further dislocations. If you are a recurrent dislocator, you may require surgical stabilization. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of dislocated shoulder pains, other then with medication and ice?

How do you get rid of dislocated shoulder pains, other then with medication and ice?

Therapy: Therapy to strengthen the muscles around the shoulder can help decrease thevain after a dislocation. It can also help restore lost motion. If all that fails an arthroscopic procedure may be needed. ...Read more

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Are there any steps I can take to prevent mild dislocated shoulder from getting worse?

Are there any steps I can take to prevent mild dislocated shoulder from getting worse?

Strengthening: Really no such thing as "mild" dislocated shoulder, it either has dilsocated or it has not. The treatment for 1st time dislocation typically is non-op with therapy to restore motion and optimize the strength of the muscles which also help stabilize the shoulder. The exception is the high risk pt (collision athlete) who may need surgery after 1st episode. Recurrent dislocators need surgery. ...Read more

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How can you fix a dislocated shoulder?

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. ...Read more

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What to do for my dislocated shoulder?

What to do for my dislocated shoulder?

Get it reduced: First time? Traumatic? Needs evaluation assuming it is in proper place. Need exercises to strengthen. Might need pt, MRI or surgery. ...Read more

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How could you heal a dislocated shoulder?

See orthopedist: Initially rest it and avoid painful maneuvers especially the throwing position. You may use a sling for a few weeks if desired. Gradually, your activity level can be increased with a supervised rehab. Program. Discuss definitive treatment with a sports orthopedist to determine your options. Surgical and non-surgical treatment options are supported for a first time dislocator. ...Read more

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How painful can a dislocated shoulder be?

How painful can a dislocated shoulder be?

Very painful: A dislocated shoulder is unable to move normally. If you can do normal range of motion, then it may not be dislocated, just painful for any number of reasons. Dislocation requires medical attention to fix. ...Read more

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What should I do for a dislocated shoulder?

What should I do for a dislocated shoulder?

Depends: It depends on many factors that you should go over in detail with a sports medicine or shoulder surgeon. How loose your ligaments are, your activity level, age, previous dislocations, and athletic involvement all help to determine your risk of having additional pain or dislocations. You may or may not decide upon surgery after such a discussion. ...Read more

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How can you relocate a dislocated shoulder?

Manipulation: Dislocated shoulders can almost always be reduced into place by an orthopaedic surgeon or most emergency department physicians. ...Read more

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How could I heal a dislocated shoulder fast?

How could I heal a dislocated shoulder fast?

Ice.: Ice the shoulder 3-5 times per day, for 20 minutes at a time. Also, take an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication. You may use a sling for a few days for comfort, but no longer than that. ...Read more

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