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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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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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I fell on my left shoulder months ago. Didn't hurt but now everytime I rotate my arm I heard a click sound on the joint. Is it a dislocated shoulder?

I fell on my left shoulder months ago. Didn't hurt but now everytime I rotate my arm I heard a click sound on the joint. Is it a dislocated shoulder?

No: A dislocated shoulder would cause immediate severe pain that would only resolve after the shoulder was reduced back into the joint. It is more likely that you damaged something within your shoulder when you had the injury. If you tore your genius labrum, for example, it would cause similar symptoms. Don't hesitate to be seen if you are having trouble with it. ...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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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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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 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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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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