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I dislocated my shoulder. Which exercises can I do to stop the pain?

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Dr. Amir Khan
Sports Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Safe exercises

For an anterior dislocation after a few days of rest and immobilization start with pendulum exercises and shrugs.
Over the next few weeks increase the range of motion. Use a broomstick held in front of the body and move it side to side then upwards to the shoulder level and finally overhead. Always avoid positions that reproduce the sense of instability. Next, start gradual resistance exercises.

In brief: Safe exercises

For an anterior dislocation after a few days of rest and immobilization start with pendulum exercises and shrugs.
Over the next few weeks increase the range of motion. Use a broomstick held in front of the body and move it side to side then upwards to the shoulder level and finally overhead. Always avoid positions that reproduce the sense of instability. Next, start gradual resistance exercises.
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Dr. Howard Luks
Orthopedic Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

The pain from your first dislocation should start to abate fairly rapidly.
Usually within a 1-2 weeks people are feeling much better. If this is a chronic condition... Multiple recurrent dislocations, then the joint is "upset" because it remains loose. Most strengthening exercises and stretching exercises can be performed, as long as the shoulder does not feel like it wants to pop out again.

In brief: Depends

The pain from your first dislocation should start to abate fairly rapidly.
Usually within a 1-2 weeks people are feeling much better. If this is a chronic condition... Multiple recurrent dislocations, then the joint is "upset" because it remains loose. Most strengthening exercises and stretching exercises can be performed, as long as the shoulder does not feel like it wants to pop out again.
Dr. Howard Luks
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Dr. James Leiber
Sports Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Exercise w/ caution

Dislocations occur from trauma and/or laxity of the shoulder capsule and ligaments.
Prolotherapy or platelet rich plasma injections can help strengthen the tissue. Exercise will strengthen the surrounding muscles but not the lax tissues.

In brief: Exercise w/ caution

Dislocations occur from trauma and/or laxity of the shoulder capsule and ligaments.
Prolotherapy or platelet rich plasma injections can help strengthen the tissue. Exercise will strengthen the surrounding muscles but not the lax tissues.
Dr. James Leiber
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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See doc first

A dislocation can result in a fracture, labral (cartilage) tear, capsular tear or a rotator cuff tear.
Recovery may or may not initially include exercises, depending on the cause of your pain. See your ortho doctor for further evaluation.

In brief: See doc first

A dislocation can result in a fracture, labral (cartilage) tear, capsular tear or a rotator cuff tear.
Recovery may or may not initially include exercises, depending on the cause of your pain. See your ortho doctor for further evaluation.
Dr. Frank Holmes
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