If you have a dislocated shoulder, what to do is the first thing you will think about. You should never attempt to put the bone back into its socket yourself. Not only is this extremely painful, it is very difficult to do – despite how easy TV characters sometimes make it look. Once you have applied an ice pack and immobilised your arm, a trip to casualty is in order.
You will usually be sedated and given painkillers to numb the affected arm before it is put back in place. It is uncommon for surgery to be required, but if there is a fracture or other damage to a bone, or you’ve suffered serious tendon or ligament damage, this could be a possibility.
A dislocated shoulder – what to do at home
Once you return home, you will probably have your arm in a sling to immobilise your shoulder. You shouldn’t use it during the first few days because it will still be painful and will need time to recover. You may, however, be given several exercises to do after a while.
The shoulder is likely to get stiff if you don’t use it at all for a period, so following the exercises will ensure this doesn’t happen too much. Movement will also prevent some of the pain, although you may not feel much like moving it to begin with. Always follow your doctor’s advice when recovering from a dislocated shoulder.
What to do after a dislocated shoulder is back in place
Following the exercises and gently getting back to normal is very important. However, you might also wonder whether you could get any compensation because of your injury. The main thing to consider is the negligence of others involved in your accident, if you did not cause it to happen on your own. Sometimes, things can happen through sheer bad luck, but you may wonder if this wasn’t the case, and if negligence was indeed the reason.
When you call 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile), you will be put through to Accident Advice Helpline. Our team can advise on a dislocated shoulder, what to do and whether a legal claim could work out in your favour. Our no-obligation advice could be just what you need, so call us today and see if a personal injury lawyer could represent you in making a claim.
Date Published: February 22, 2017
Author: Rob Steen