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What is the typical recovery time for a dislocated shoulder?

What is the typical recovery time for a dislocated shoulder?

Rapid but variable: Most initial (1st time) shoulder dislocations, once reduced, allow for rapid rehabilitation and recovery. Motion and strength recovery, though variable, occurs progressively over the 3-6 weeks. Residual instability or a sense of impending recurrent dislocation (or subluxation) is age and activity dependent. Younger more active patients are more likely to complain of recurrence than older patients. ...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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What is the recovery time for a dislocated shoulder?

What is the recovery time for a dislocated shoulder?

Variable.: At 29 anywhere bn 2-3 weeks and 3 months. Try rehab, but if it is unstable consider surgery. ...Read more

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What is the typical recuperation time for a dislocated shoulder?

What is the typical recuperation time for a dislocated shoulder?

2-3 months: For first time simple shoulder dislocations after 2-3 months you can return to regular activities however further dislocations may occur. Also people over 40 with a first time dislocation need an MRI to make sure they don't have a rotator cuff tear. If there is pain feelings of a loose shoulder or multiple dislocations, then arthroscopic surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery period for a dislocated shoulder?

How long is the recovery period for a dislocated shoulder?

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 more

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How to speed up recovery of a dislocated shoulder injured in august in a wrestling practice?

How to speed up recovery of a dislocated shoulder injured in august in a wrestling practice?

MRI: You have a reasonably high chance of having a rotator cuff tear or a labral tear following a glenohumeral (shoulder) dislocation. I would recommend you see a local orthopaedic surgeon and based on your exam you should have an MRI or an mr arthrogram to evaluate your injury. ...Read more

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How long would it take to heal a dislocated shoulder the second time?

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

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How much time does a dislocated shoulder take to heal?

How much time does a dislocated shoulder take to heal?

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

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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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Could you have a dislocated shoulder and full range of motion at the same time?

No: There are two main types of shoulder dislocations: anterior and posterior. Either type of dislocation is very painful and always associated with a limitation in arm movement. I have never seen a shoulder dislocation where there was still full range of arm motion. ...Read more

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I need surgery for a dislocated shoulder and have been meaning to get my knee done as well. Can i get both at the same time? How much rehab is there?

I need surgery for a dislocated shoulder and have been meaning to get my knee done as well. Can i get both at the same time? How much rehab is there?

No way: When one has surgery on a knee, crutches are often needed. This could put a lot of stress on any shoulder repair that you have done. The amount of rehab that will be required will be determined by the operating surgeon who will make the final decision after the surgery. ...Read more