Shoulder Dislocation Surgery FAQ’s
If you suffer from a shoulder dislocation, you may have questions about the shoulder dislocation and the surgery you need. Below we have listed the answers to some of the frequently asked questions.
What is the most appropriate treatment for a dislocated shoulder?
Modification of activities and/or sling immobilization. Anti-inflammatory medication. Icing or applying heat to the shoulder joint. Strengthening exercises and/or physical therapy.
Can a dislocated shoulder heal itself?
If you have a fairly simple shoulder dislocation that does not cause major nerve or tissue damage, your shoulder should be able to heal within a few weeks, but you’ll be at higher risk for another dislocation in the future.
How long does it take to recover from a dislocated shoulder?
A dislocated shoulder will require about 12 to 16 weeks of recovery before you can stop wearing the sling. The majority of activities can usually be resumed within 2 weeks, but you should avoid heavy lifting and sports involving shoulder movements for up to 3 months.
What happens if a dislocated shoulder is not treated?
A shoulder dislocation left untreated will worsen in both pain and swelling. You will lose considerable mobility in the shoulder. Additional damage can occur to surrounding blood vessels and ligaments.
How do you sleep with a dislocated shoulder?
A dislocated shoulder may cause great pain when you sleep on it. Sleep on the back or the opposite shoulder, with a pillow under the armpit of the affected shoulder. The sling should be worn at night until your doctor or physiotherapist advises you to take it off.