If you are a Singaporean and have suffered a dislocated shoulder, then waste no time and visit a nearby clinic as soon as possible! We cannot emphasize on this more. Just like any other injuries, the longer you stay untreated, the worse the situation becomes. Likewise, the earlier you are treated, the quicker and smoother the recovery process. Shoulder dislocation treatment is available
Diagnosing a Dislocated Shoulder
Once in the clinic, your physiotherapist will examine your shoulder and let you know of the next steps. He will look for any signs of instability, history of injuries and shoulder symptoms. The diagnosis can either be done at the clinic or the field of play (location of the occurrence of the injury).
The doctor may request for image tests to assist in confirming your diagnosis as well as identifying any other problems that might be present. These imaging tests are inclusive of X-rays, Magnetic Resonance Arthrogram (MRA), or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Treating Your Dislocated Shoulder
Acute shoulder dislocations are initially treated using a non-operative rehabilitation as guided by your doctor. If exercise-based treatments fail, then a stabilization surgery will be considered. Here are the processes followed
The initial and very important step is to check that the blood supply and nerves aren’t compromised. If it was a full dislocation and the shoulder didn’t slip back naturally, then it is important to go to a clinic for an X-ray. Emergency doctors will then have the shoulder reduced back to its normal position.
The next phase is to manage your pain. Be sure to expect extreme pains in the early days. You should avoid overstretching the injured tissues for the first six weeks. The doctor will prescribe you with a shoulder sling to immobilize and support your shoulder. Have loads of rest.
The physiotherapist will use treatment tools to help in reducing the pain. These tools are inclusive of ice, acupuncture, electrotherapy, soft tissue massage and de-loading tapes among others.
Maintaining and Restoring Muscle Strength and Control
Restoring your muscle strength and control constitute the next phase. Research has shown that the rotator cuff muscles assist to stabilize the shoulder joint. Stability is important since the scapular is the platform that connects your arm to your chest wall. This is an important part, and if it isn’t functioning well, then the shoulder base will be forced to slide into a position that would compromise you to frequent future dislocations.
Treatment at this stage include mobilizing the joint through alignment techniques, muscle stretches, neurodynamic exercises and massages among others. Your physiotherapist is an expert and will advice on the best techniques for you and the ones to avoid.
Restoring a Full Function
Last stage is restoring your full function. This stage aims at restoring you back to your normal activities. The nature of your work will determine your treatment goals. Some may require little works such as carrying shopping, playing games or intense ones like physical labor. Your rehabilitation will be tailored to meet your specific goals.
Having a dislocated shoulder doesn’t imply the end of things. This treatment is aimed at restoring you to your normal condition in no time. The specific duration ranges between two and six months depending on the person and nature of the injury. Stick to the treatment and all will be good with you.