Patient Comments: Dislocated Shoulder - Complications


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Comment from: Darci, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I fell at my daughter’s school. I tripped backwards over children and rammed by arm into a wall. I had terrible pain and went to the emergency room. They put me to sleep and put it back in place. It was anterior shoulder dislocation and a small fracture. I wore sling for a month. I am doing simple exercises and starting serious physical therapy next week, twice a week. I can perform most movements but none above my head like reaching out to side or holding arm out in front. I wake up in pain and usually go to bed with some pain. It is suggested that I take pain medicines before going to physical therapy. I try not to take heavy pain medications, only ibuprofen 800 mg. It has been 9 weeks. Patience and attitude are daily struggles. Ice helps and sometimes heat.

Comment from: Rajat, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 22

During my son’s birth time, his right side shoulder got distorted and after that, for one month there is no movement at shoulder and elbow area. After one month slight movement is observed at shoulder area but still no movement at elbow area and last ten days I am noticing growth difference in both hands.

Comment from: rocknroll1968, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

My left shoulder dislocated (all anterior) as a result of severe trauma in 2007. The arm was placed in a sling and PT was prescribed after 6 weeks. Full recovery took 6 months. At the beginning of 2013 the same shoulder was dislocated in a mild trauma. Four months later another dislocation occurred under minor trauma. All dislocations where reduced by closed reduction. Shoulder partially dislocated 2 weeks ago while yawning and stretching. An MRI and ex-rays revealed a Hills Sachs deformity and rotator cuff damage plus some ligament damage. I am a 65 year old man and I rather not undergo surgery since I have no pain and full range of motion in the damaged shoulder. However, due to the instability now present it would be wise for me to get the existing damage surgically repaired as more dislocations can be expected due to this joint instability.


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