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What is dislocated shoulder? Why is it such a big deal?

What is dislocated shoulder? Why is it such a big deal?

Instability: Shoulder dislocations are really only a problem when they become recurrent. Many individuals experiencing dislocation for the 1st time can recover fully after this event with restoration of strength and motion. However the younger the individual the more likely this will become a recurrent problem requiring surgical stabilization, especially in the young athlete involved in collision sports. ...Read more

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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 you fix a dislocated shoulder?

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?

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?

Shoulder dislocation: It can be very painful when the shoulder is out , the muscles and nerves are stretched . When it is reduced the pain is drastically reduced. ...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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How could I relocate my dislocated shoulder?

Go to Er: If you can relocate it yourself you have recurrent shoulder instability surgery can keepit in and stable there is a technique over the back of chair pain control and muscle relaxation is usually needed. ...Read more

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