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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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Dislocated Shoulder (Definition)

A glenohumeral dislocation occurs when the head of humeus displaces in relationship to the glenoid fossa. Most glenohumeral dislocations occur when the humerus slips forward (anterior) on the fossa. A disocated shoulder must be reduced, & a post-reduction x-ray is necessary to check for any fractures/ ensure proper realignment. Dislocations may also cause soft tissue ...Read more


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How can I sleep after shoulder dislocation reduction?

How can I  sleep after shoulder dislocation reduction?

Carefully: Wear the sling as instructed. Use pain medicine as necessary. Try sleeping in a semi-recumbent position, like a lazy boy position. Either sleep in a recliner or use pillows to turn your bed into a recliner. ...Read more

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What is a good sleeping position after shoulder dislocation?

What is a good sleeping position after shoulder dislocation?

Anything Comfortable: You should just listen to your body and sleep in a comfortable position. Your doc and/or physical therapist may have some more specific suggestions depending on the specifics of your injury but comfort is a good guide. (most will find laying on their back with their arm resting on a pillow. Some, who cannot sleep on their back, find using a recliner and pillow to work well.). ...Read more

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How is a shoulder dislocation typically reduced?

How is a shoulder dislocation typically reduced?

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. ...Read more

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What will my life be like after a shoulder dislocation?

Age/activity dictate: The risk of sustaining a recurrent shoulder dislocation is higher in the adolescent than the young adult. Recurrence risk continues to decrease with increasing age. Contact sports and overall shoulder muscle weakness and poor rotator cuff musculature rehabilitation are also poor prognostic indicators. ...Read more

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What's the best way to recover from a shoulder dislocation?

What's the best way to recover from a shoulder dislocation?

A sling.: A sling may be used for a few days, for comfort. You will most likely require physical therapy, but , in some cases, at the age of 44, surgical stabilization may be required. See an orthopedic shoulder specialist, for the best course of treatment. ...Read more

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Could you have a sudden shoulder dislocation that immediately pops back in?

Could you have a sudden shoulder dislocation that immediately pops back in?

Dislocation: Yes this condition can happen. The term for this is a subluxation. If it continues you need an evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What types of surgery for shoulder dislocation?

What types of surgery for shoulder dislocation?

Stabilization.: Shoulder stabilization is the name of the procedure. It is usually done on an outpatient basis. Usually takes about 2 hours. There are other forms of stabilization, depending on your specific findings. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Dislocation (Definition)

Dislocation is a condition in which a bone has come out of place from a joint, usually due to a sports injury, a fall, a bike/car accident, or a birth defect. The dislocated joint can have its out-of-place bone put back into proper position, but further treatment may be needed ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more