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How do I stabilize a dislocated or unstable shoulder? Dislocated shoulder treatment!

Dislocated shoulder treatment

Every part of the human body has specific functions to carry out. The eyes give you vision, the ears help you to hear, your legs enable you to walk and the hands help you to do all your work. The hands or the arms are connected to the shoulder wherein the ball at the joint conducts all activities. So if a shoulder is unstable or dislocated, all work will be hampered and carrying on life without treating this problem is extremely painful.

Instability or dislocation of shoulder occurs when the humeral head separates from the glenoid and in most cases the ball loses its position and comes out of the joint and moves towards the anterior position. This results in loose shoulder joints and is a kind of partial dislocation.

Today there are various methods of stabilizing a dislocated or unstable shoulder with the advancement of medical sciences and new methods of treatments. The dislocated shoulder treatment is a systematic process and one has to maintain the time schedule and methods and confirm to all the advice given by the orthopedic consultant & physiotherapist. The dislocated shoulder treatment involves the following system:

  1. The problem is first diagnosed accurately by the specialized doctors and the method of treatment is then ascertained.
  2. Before starting the treatment, a thorough test is conducted through MRI and X-ray images and also other physical examination. Prior history of the patient is also taken into account.
  3. Instabilities and dislocation of the shoulder is initially treated by physiotherapy program designed for such problems where particular exercises are used to strengthen the shoulder muscles to stabilize the shoulder joint.
  4. If these initial treatments do not work well, then the doctor resorts to other arthroscopic or open surgery treatments and other techniques suitable for the patient.

Dislocated shoulder treatment depends on various factors like intensity of the problem, lifestyle, occupation, age and the normal degree of instability in relation to those factors. In cases of traumatic instability, realignment works instantly to give relief to the patient. Elderly patients are mostly treated non-operatively. People above the age of 60, the rotator cuff may be torn due to dislocation and so MRI is necessary for accurate treatment. If the cuff is torn then repair is a must.

When there is multidirectional dislocation or instability, rehabilitation exercises, prescribed by an Ottawa physiotherapist, are advised as it helps to improve the strength and stability of the joints. In extreme situations, open surgery or arthroscopy is done and the orthopedic surgeon resets the joint through reduction process.


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