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What are the typical treatments for a dislocated shoulder?

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Dr. Howard Luks
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Howard Luks
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Surgery.

If the patient is young and has recurrent dislocations, generally surgical stabilization is recommended.
In the older individual, who rarely dislocates, physical therapy might do the trick.

In brief: Surgery.

If the patient is young and has recurrent dislocations, generally surgical stabilization is recommended.
In the older individual, who rarely dislocates, physical therapy might do the trick.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine

In brief: Shoulder instability

Depending on age, it would be reasonable to start with rest (in a sling), followed by strengthening exercises outlined by a physical therapist.
You will want to avoid extremes of forward flexion and external rotation (hand behind your head) for a period of time. Surgery is needed if you continue to demonstrate instability or pain.

In brief: Shoulder instability

Depending on age, it would be reasonable to start with rest (in a sling), followed by strengthening exercises outlined by a physical therapist.
You will want to avoid extremes of forward flexion and external rotation (hand behind your head) for a period of time. Surgery is needed if you continue to demonstrate instability or pain.
Dr. Brian Chimenti
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