How long is the recovery period for a dislocated shoulder?

6-12 weeks. This depends greatly on other injuries that may have occurred during the dislocation. A simple shoulder dislocation without other injury typically recovers with therapy in 6-12 weeks. Shoulder dislocations that have other injuries such as rotator cuff tear or labral tears that commonly occur during a dislocation may require surgery and take longer to heal.
Depends. First the shoulder needs to be reduced back into joint and a sling is needed. Next you need to determine if labrum, tendon, or bone was injured. Plain x-rays and an MRI can help determine that. Most patients >age 40 will have some sort or rotator cuff injury/tear. Physical exam and MRI would clarify if there is a tendon injury. A better outcome is associated with early diagnosis and treatment.
Depends. That depends on many factors, including your age, the relative looseness of your shoulder, and the number of times you have dislocated (to name a few). It also depends on whether it is repair, whether there is a labral tear, or whether there is a rotator cuff tear. Bony loss and injury can further complicate this. Basically, you should see your friendly neighborhood sports orthopedic surgeon!

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