Dislocating your shoulder is a common injury that can be incredibly painful and debilitating. The treatment for a dislocated shoulder is normally to attend A&E for your shoulder to be popped back into its socket, followed by a period of rest and recovery (your arm may be put in a sling). You’ll also need to carry out shoulder exercise to regain mobility in your shoulder and reduce pain, building up your strength. Dislocated shoulder treatment will help you to recover from your injuries, and it can take from 12 to 16 weeks to fully heal. You could consider making a personal injury claim if you were injured in an accident that was caused by somebody else.
What is the normal dislocated shoulder treatment?
A dislocated shoulder can present with symptoms such as pain, inability to move the shoulder or visual symptoms such as spotting the arm bone poking out the front of the shoulder (seeing a bulge or lump under the skin). It’s important to get a proper diagnosis at A&E after your accident. Normal dislocated shoulder treatment involves a process called ‘reduction’ where your shoulder is manually manipulated back into its socket. This can be painful but is normally carried out with the use of sedatives and painkillers – in some cases you may be put under general anaesthetic. The most common cause of a dislocated shoulder is a slip or trip, falling onto outstretched hands.
It might be that you tripped on loose carpet at work, slipped on ice in a supermarket car park or slipped on a wet floor in a factory. In all these scenarios, somebody else could be at fault for your accident, which means you could claim personal injury compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings.
What about compensation for the cost of treatment?
Your broken shoulder will normally be treated under the NHS, but if you have ongoing pain or other symptoms and require prescription medication (such as painkillers) or physiotherapy, then you could claim the cost of this treatment back as part of your personal injury claim. To find out if you could make a 100% no-win, no-fee claim, you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) today.
We’re here to offer no-obligation advice that could help you decide whether or not to proceed with a claim, and remember you could be compensated for medical costs as well as loss of earnings, which could help you out financially after your accident.
Date Published: February 12, 2017
Author: Rob Steen