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How long will a dislocated shoulder take to heal enough so you can raise your arm again?

How long will a dislocated shoulder take to heal enough so you can raise your arm again?

DISLOCATED SHOULDER: Normally, a dislocated shoulder will fully heal in anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks. It depends upon how serious it is, and what caused it in the first place. If it's from an injury, it will take considerably longer to heal. Best luck! ...Read more

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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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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 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 long can a dislocated shoulder take to heal?

Depends: 6 weeks or more depending on several variables including was this a first time dislocation or one of multiple, the age of the individual, did a labral injury occuror did a fracture occur? ...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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Why does it take so long for a dislocated shoulder to heal?

Why does it take so long for a dislocated shoulder to heal?

6-8 weeks standard: A dislocated shoulder that is reduced and now stable can undergo early guided physical therapy. Slings are usually disgarded as early as possible to avoid significant atrophy and stiffness. Strengthening can start once full active motion is regained. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to heal my dislocated shoulder?

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 more

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How long should I wait for my dislocated shoulder to heal before use?

How long should I wait for my dislocated shoulder to heal before use?

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 more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a dislocated shoulder to heal?

How long is it supposed to it take for a dislocated shoulder to heal?

Dislocated shoulder: Even a once-dislocated shoulder has a higher rate of dislocation. In general, soft tissue is made of collagen, which takes 6 weeks to heal. ...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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Can anyone tell me how long it would take to heal a dislocated shoulder?

Can anyone tell me how long it would take to heal a dislocated shoulder?

Dislocated shoulder: After a shoulder dislocation the ligaments take an average of 6 weeks to heal. Then there is rehab to strengthen the shoulder which can take another 4-6 weeks. If there is continued episodes of dislocation then surgery may be indicated. ...Read more

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I've been dealing with a dislocated shoulder for a year when does this kind of stuff heal?

I've been dealing with a dislocated shoulder for a year when does this kind of stuff heal?

It may not: After a year of symptoms, it is unlikely to get better without treatment. Depending on the symptoms, treatment may consist of injections, therapy or surgery. Recurrent instability or dislocations require arthroscopic repair of the torn labrum. Pain and weakness may just be inflammation in the rotator cuff and bursa. This may resolve with non-operative treatment. See a board certified orthopaedist. ...Read more

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Why do I feel like my dislocated shoulder never heals? Its been almost a year &it still hurts everynow &than &feels out of place too.

Need evaluation: You have to go back to your orthopedic surgeon, need evaluation and tests (like MRI) healed or not. In some may need surgery for recurrent dislocation of shoulder ...Read more

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How long does it take dislocated shoulder to heal so I can start climbing again?

How long does it take dislocated shoulder to heal so I can start climbing again?

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

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Dislocated shoulder and reduced and broke clavicle in three pieces Dr. Said it will heal by itself Need a second opinion?

Dislocated shoulder and reduced and broke clavicle in three pieces Dr. Said it will heal by itself Need a second opinion?

Sounds like a real: Serious injury. Clavicle fracture should heal, but a lot depends on how far the fragments are comminuted. Shoulder dislocation could be more serious problem, but again a lot depends on the extent of ligament injury. If you are unsure, you should get another opinion from another orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Any specific diet for dislocated shoulder to heal faster. Already eat lots if veg, fruit and chicken. Was told simple sugar to increase C02??

Any specific diet for dislocated shoulder to heal faster. Already eat lots if veg, fruit and chicken. Was told simple sugar to increase C02??

Diet sounds good: Your diet sounds just fine. Follow the advice of your doctor for healing. Use the immobilizer and be sure to do the physical therapy WHEN your doctor says its time. That is the key. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal from a fracture of the humorous, and a dislocated shoulder?

How long does it take to heal from a fracture of the humorous, and a dislocated shoulder?

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

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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 painful can a dislocated shoulder be?

How painful can a dislocated shoulder be?

Very painful: A dislocated shoulder is unable to move normally. If you can do normal range of motion, then it may not be dislocated, just painful for any number of reasons. Dislocation requires medical attention to fix. ...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 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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What should I do about a dislocated shoulder?

What should I do about a dislocated shoulder?

See your surgeon: A dislocated shoulder tends to continue to dislocate, each time causing damage that makes the problem worse each time. Surgery is not always needed, but the evaluation is import to address your individual situation. Please see your friendly neighborhood sports medicine orthopedic surgeon for assistance! ...Read more

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Seperate or dislocated shoulder, how to know?

Seperate or dislocated shoulder, how to know?

Exam, xray, mri: One can tell if a joint such as an AC joint is separated
of dislocated by a combination of exam, xray and mri
A separated joint may be grade 1-3 and the joint may
be subluxed or partially out of place
A dislocated joint is totally out of place and usually needs to be reduced or put back in the proper position ...Read more

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What should you do with a dislocated shoulder?

See orthopedist: After its put back in, 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 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 are the symptoms of a dislocated shoulder?

Pain: Pain, loss of motion and a bulge in front of the shoulder. ...Read more