Could physical therapy for a dislocated shoulder replace surgery?

Yes. Physical therapy can absolutely treat the problem but depends on whatever else may be wrong such as a rotator cuff tear, or a fracture. Is this a first time dislocation? What kind of work do u do? Did you have to have the shoulder put back in place in the hospital?
Very possible. A first time dislocation in absence of broken bone or rotator cuff tear may not require surgery especially in slightly older patient. This is much less likely to become a recurrent problem in an older patient as opposed to the high school or college aged patient. Thus physical therapy to restore motion and strength may be all that is needed.

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What are the results of a dislocated shoulder and what to do for physiotherapy?

The first line of. Treatment should be evaluation by a sports medicine doc or orthopaedist. Dislocation can often just be subluxation and can be easily treated with physical therapy. If your shoulder is trly coming out of joint to the point where it has to be physically reduced back into place, therapy wont help and you are likely going to require a ahoulder stabilization procedure, either arthroscopic or open. Read more...

What are the effects of a dislocated shoulder and what to do for physiotherapy?

Dislocated shoulder. Effects of a dislocated shoulder are that you have torn the capsular ligaments surrounding the shoulder and these need to heal first once reduced, and followed by an orthopedist. If after healing there is any instability you may need an MRI and possible arthrocopic shoulder surgery. Read more...

Can I have a full, normal range of motion after a dislocated shoulder surgery?

Yes. Most modern shoulder stabilization surgery tries to restore normal motion. Some revision procedures using bone transfers may lead to loss of external rotation. Joint stability is usually more important than motion. Read more...
Yes. Surgery for a dislocated shoulder involves repairing the labrum back to the glenoid. The glenoid is the socket of the shoulder joint and is significantly smaller the the humeral head, which is the ball. To make up this size difference, the socket is surrounded by the thick labral tissue. This tissue is torn during a dislocation, repair prevents instability and shouldn't limit motion. Read more...

Will I have a full, normal, range of motion after a dislocated shoulder surgery?

Generally yes. Generally it would be expected that you have return of full motion after shoulder dislocation surgery, but specifics will depend on the type of dislocation, chronicity of the dislocation, and type of surgery performed. Consult with your orthopedist for your specific situation. Read more...
No. Probably not right away- and you will need rehab to keep things moving. Read more...

How common is it to need surgery after a dislocated shoulder at 51 years old?

Depends. For a patients over 40 with a first time dislocation an MRI is needed to make sure that the rotator cuff did not tear. Assuming no rotator cuff tear surgery is needed only for continued pain, further dislocations or feelings of instability that affect regular activities. Read more...
Think cuff tear > 45. Shoulder dislocations in patients older than 45 are associated with a high incidence of concomitant rotator cuff tears. Often times it is the cuff tear and not the dislocation itself that generates the indication for surgery. A thorough discussion with the treating surgeon will lead to the answer in the specific case you mention. Read more...

What are some tips for recovering from arthroscopic shoulder surgery done to correct dislocated shoulder?

Physical therapy. Physical therapy is usually prescribed after stabilization surgery. Initially simple passive motion is allowed followed by active assisted range of motion, then active range of motion, and then strengthening out past 2-3 months. Read more...
Unstable Shoulder. http://www.theshouldercenter.com/unstable-shoulder.htm will give you more information. http://www.theshouldercenter.com/arthroscopic-rotator-cuff-repair_after-surgery-after-pillow.htm also shows our preferred supine stretching program. The basic tenets are to gain motion back supine to protect repaired tissue and maximize patient comfort. Read more...