Shoulder dislocation- what to do?
Hello, I am 24 years old. After a sports injury on left shoulder in my childhood, I suffer from frequent dislocation of left shoulder from its joint. Initially the episode of dislocation was like once a year but from last 2 years the frequency has increased. The dislocation is associated with excruciating pain. I have consulted many orthopedicians and I have been advised surgery for its correction. I want to know the risk involved in the surgery and what is the prognosis ? Will I be able to do all the routine activities after surgery ?
@analava You may have to wear a splint or sling for at least a week to promote healing and minimize pain. The doctor may recommend icing the injured shoulder 3 or 4 times a day. You may need to do light exercises so your shoulder doesn’t tighten or freeze. After a few weeks, the injured shoulder will usually function normally again.
About a week after the injury, the doctor will send the patient to an orthopedist, or bone specialist, who will check the shoulder’s bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. After the shoulder heals, a physical therapist assigns exercises to stretch the shoulder and restore mobility. Later, the therapist adds exercises that strengthen the shoulder muscles and ligaments. This rehabilitation helps prevent future shoulder dislocations.