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Dislocated Shoulder? Pop in and see how physiotherapy can assist in your recovery

A dislocated shoulder is a common injury in which the upper arm bone (humerus) pops out of the socket in the shoulder blade (scapula). Dislocated shoulders can be extremely painful and can cause a loss of stability in the joint, affecting daily activities and athletic performance. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for dislocated shoulders is essential for proper recovery

Symptoms of Dislocated Shoulders:

  • Severe pain and discomfort in the shoulder

  • Visible deformity or misalignment of the joint

  • Weakness or instability in the shoulder

  • Numbness or tingling in the arm or hand

Causes of Dislocated Shoulders:

  • Traumatic impact or injury, such as a fall or car accident

  • Overuse or repetitive motions

  • Sudden movements or lifting heavy objects

  • Connective tissue disorders, such as ligament or labral tears

Treatment for Dislocated Shoulders:

In many cases, dislocated shoulders can be treated with rest, ice, and physical therapy. However, if the injury is severe, surgery may be required to repair the damage. Physiotherapy is an effective method for treating dislocated shoulders as it helps to reduce pain, improve range of motion, and strengthen the affected joint.

Benefits of Physiotherapy for Dislocated Shoulders:

  • Reduces pain and inflammation

  • Improves range of motion and flexibility

  • Strengthens the affected shoulder

  • Prevents future injuries

  • Helps return to normal activities

Our physiotherapy program for dislocated shoulders typically involves a combination of exercises and techniques, including:

  • Stretching and range of motion exercises

  • Strengthening exercises to rebuild muscle and joint stability

  • Massage and manual therapy to improve circulation and reduce pain

  • Ice and heat therapy to reduce swelling and pain

  • Electrical stimulation to aid in healing and improve strength

Dislocated shoulders can cause significant discomfort and affect daily activities. However, with proper treatment, including physiotherapy, most individuals can recover from dislocated shoulders and regain their full range of motion and strength. If you suspect you have a dislocated shoulder, it's essential to seek the advice of a medical professional to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Physiotherapy can play a crucial role in ensuring a successful recovery and preventing future injuries. Contact us today to book in a consultation and get started on your recovery journey!

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