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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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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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Dislocated Shoulder (Definition)

Occurs when the head of humeus displaces in relationship to the glenoid fossa. May also cause soft tissue ...Read more


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

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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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?

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

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Do I have a dislocated shoulder if I can't throw without a weird loose sensation?

Do I have a dislocated shoulder if I can't throw without a weird loose sensation?

Not necessarily.: You may have other damage i the shoulder, for example a labral tear. Or it could be something much less complex, like a tendinitis. See an orthopedic shoulder specialist for an accurate assessment. ...Read more

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How to fully recover from dislocated shoulder?

How to fully recover from dislocated shoulder?

Rehab: Gentle range of motion after 10-14 days then physical therapy. If this is the first dislocation it should be fully rehabilitated in 4-6 months. ...Read more

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What is the best way to recover from a dislocated shoulder?

What is the best way to recover from a dislocated shoulder?

Time, ROM, strength: If this is your first dislocation, time (rest) followed by gentle attempts to regain range of motion followed by rotator cuff strengthening is the recipe. You can do this under the guidance of a physical therapist or self-directed exercise. I strongly urge you to go to an ortho doc for an assessment of your risk for another shoulder dislocation in the future. ...Read more

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What can i do for the pain of a healed dislocated shoulder?

What can i do for the pain of a healed dislocated shoulder?

See physiatrist: You may need physical therapy to relieve it. Start with an appointment with a physiatrist to evaluate it. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to have a dislocated shoulder? How can I verify this is what I've got?

What does it feel like to have a dislocated shoulder? How can I verify this is what I've got?

Shoulder Dislocation: A shoulder dislocation is very painful and can be diagnosed by exam and X-rays. If you are concerned about this then make an appointment quickly to see an Orthopaedic surgeon or go to the ER if this just occurred to be evaluated and treated if necessary. Take care, Joe Wilson. ...Read more

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Heat or cold on dislocated shoulder?

Heat or cold on dislocated shoulder?

Cold: Ice is generally used in the "acute" setting after an injury to reduce inflammation by restricting blood flow to the area. The "acute" timeline is not truly defined but acute can be considered upto a week after injury. Afterwards both cold and heat can be used. Rememeber ice it down after irritation from injury or activity. Heat it up to initiate circulation and healing or before exercise/therapy. ...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 learn to relocate a dislocated shoulder?

How do you learn to relocate a dislocated shoulder?

Orthopaedic training: One learns to reduce dislocated shoulders and other joints with hands-on training that is part of many residency training programs within the health field. Many therapists, physician assistants, and aprns are also trained to manage/reduce dislocated shoulders. ...Read more

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What is the best way to rehab a dislocated shoulder?

What is the best way to rehab a dislocated shoulder?

Rest: Resting allows the ligaments to have a chance at healing. In the past, we recommended a lot of physical therapy to improve the dynamic stability of shoulders. However, for patients that dislocate, strengthening does not help in containing the shoulder. Either the body is able to restore function and stability or not. Other options are rarely successful if there is persistent instability. ...Read more

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Would a dislocated shoulder be really bad for a quarterback?

Would a dislocated shoulder be really bad for a quarterback?

Unfortunately yes: Young males who are involved in contact sports have a high rate of redislocation with a non-operative approach. Therefore, most quarterbacks would need surgery on their shoulder. To throw a ball, a significant amount of range of motion of the shoulder is required. Surgery for a dislocated shoulder may result in a mild loss of range of motion which may inhibit the quarterback's ability to throw. ...Read more

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