It is inevitable that with so much arm movement, somehow an injury involving the shoulders can happen. This can be due to a bad fall or simply, with the overuse of the joints near the shoulders. Simple activities such as carrying a heavy bag or extreme exercise or sports activities can lead to shoulder dislocation.
Dislocated shoulder brings extreme pain to the patient, and most often, leaves the patient in anguish for a couple of weeks. What’s worse, the pain a patient experiences can sometimes extend to the arms. Also, patients experience different sensations like tingles and numbness and if the condition worsens, the shoulder looks disfigured than it really is. Sometimes, a noticeable hallowed skin shows or has a swollen appearance.
Treating shoulder injuries entails rehabilitation of the entire arm. During rehabilitation, or what is called closed reduction treatment, doctors would sometimes swing or bend the injured arm to ease muscle contraction and to be able to reposition the arm right away. This can really be painful for the patient, thus, patients are administered pain killers and anti-inflammatory medicines prior to the treatment. In severe shoulder dislocation cases, an operation is the only solution to bring back the dislocated arm and joints together. This is called open reduction treatment.
Regardless of the treatment directed to the patient, doctors will definitely require them to wear braces or slings in order to avoid unnecessary movements on the injured arm. The length of time will primarily depend on the extent of the injury and the treatment applied on the arm. In most cases, continued rehabilitation exercises are needed for the arm to fully gain strength and muscle control until gradually, the pain subsides and the arm is back to normal.
Healing time for shoulder injuries usually takes three to five months. In several cases, former patients experience a repeat of the injury because either they did not complete the whole rehabilitation process or they took treatment and follow up instructions for granted. If this continues to happen, permanent damage to the joints and arms may occur. So, to avoid any forms of inconvenience, patients are advised to continually do some simple exercises and follow out-patient instructions as well.