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How Long Can It Take A Dislocated Shoulder To Get Better
6 - 8 weeks: For a first time dislocator without other issues (i.e. No fractures, nerve damage, or recurrent shoulder subluxations on x-rays) you are typically in a sling for the first week or so. Then you should start range of motion and strengthening with a therapist. Most people do well and can get back to activities. But, if you still have feelings the shoulder is slipping you may need further testing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
4-6 weeks: Unfortunately if you have 2 or 3 dislocations in the same shoulder it may be a more complicated problem you may have an underlying instability issue which may need to be addressed i would try 4-6 weeks of rest and then rehab but if it keeps happening you might need surgery. ...Read more
Highly variable: Time to healing is a result of many variables that include the actual gravity of the dislocation and degree of tissue trauma. True shoulder dislocations commonly have a major tear of the suporting anteriro capsule and ligaments from the glenoid (deep shoulder joint supporting bone). Strength and motion and confidence in shoulder function and stability need to return prior to restarting climbing. ...Read more
It varies: Thank you for your question. A disclocated shoulder is at risk for redislocating initially after it occurs. In a simple, first time dislocation, strict activity restrictions are used for about 3 weeks and then advanced to normal activities by about 6 weeks. There are many types of humerous fractures and the healing rate depends partly on the type, 10 weeks is avg for a humeral shaft fracture. ...Read more
See a doctor: Shoulder dislocations require getting the diagnosis right (direction of dislocation) and requires special treatment to reduce (put the joint back into place). It is usually done with the patient asleep or at least sedated. In our hands it is almost always gently done with the patient awake and requires significant training to perfect. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
6 weeks: At age 40 you have a greater than 80% chance of a full recovery in 3 months. You should start moving by 3 weeks and exercising at 6 weeks. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2-3 weeks: Assuming there are no fractures or muscle/ligament tears, it is usually about 2 weeks in a sling followed by gradual movement and activities. If you are having problems moving your shoulder at 3 weeks from a first time dislocation you need to see a physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
6-12 weeks: This depends greatly on other injuries that may have occurred during the dislocation. A simple shoulder dislocation without other injury typically recovers with therapy in 6-12 weeks. Shoulder dislocations that have other injuries such as rotator cuff tear or labral tears that commonly occur during a dislocation may require surgery and take longer to heal. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Variable: The one that is comfortable. Most are ok with simple sling, others like the ultrasling. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Second Opinion: There are better options available today and this procedure was much more popular 20-30 years ago. Learn more about unstable shoulder here: http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/unstable-shoulder.Htm and http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/shoulderpain/2012/shoulder-specialist/surgeryspecialist/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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