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    Old 02-18-2007, 12:12 PM   #1
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    Dislocated Shoulder Advice Needed

    My husband fell over the weekend and ended up in the emergency room with a dislocated shoulder and small fracture. He is now wearing a sling and the doctor said to follow up with an orthopedic specialist right away.

    Since my husband is self employed, he cannot afford to be out of work for any length of time. His work (patio installation) requires the use of both arms, legs, and body.

    What we'd like to know is what is the typical length of time required for a dislocated shoulder to heal?


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    Old 02-18-2007, 09:10 PM   #2
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    Re: Dislocated Shoulder Advice Needed

    I am sorry to hear about your husband's injury. There is no specific length of time for this. I dislocated my shoulder when I was young and a couple of times after that spaced years apart. I still have problems but only rarely. Once you have dislocated a shoulder, it is very touchy for quite a long time and can dislocate again much easier just by making the wrong move. The ligament is stretched beyond its normal length and this is why he needs to be extra carefull of injuring it again and see a specialist because if it happens again, the ligament can be stretched beyond repair and surgery is required. So please make sure he sees the specialist and realizes what can happen if he attempts to use it too soon, just certain movements can cause it to dislocate again. Good luck to your husband in his recovery.

    Old 03-13-2007, 08:12 AM   #3
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    Re: Dislocated Shoulder Advice Needed

    Sorry to hear about your husband's accident. Its hard to say how long it will be before he is 100%. I have dislocated my shoulder many many times over the past 17 years. I have to agree with Kasey, it's more likely to happen again (i just read that on a medical board yesterday). He really should get it checked out by a doctor to make sure the cartlidge didnt tear. After all these years i've been dealing with this, i finally had an MRI and found out yesterday that mine is torn all the way around and will require surgery to stop it from "popping out" all the time. I was told by the dr. that this is very painful and recovery time is very long. Better your husband get everything checked now than wind up being off work longer and in more pain later.
    Good Luck

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