The last thing you will feel like doing after dislocating your shoulder and having it put back in its rightful place is exercising the joint. Indeed, you will probably be recommended to rest it and wear a sling initially, once you have returned home. You’ll be on painkillers to start with, too. However, exercises can strengthen a dislocated shoulder and help it to return to normal more quickly.
When you leave the hospital, make sure you ask about exercises – what you should and should not do. You will probably find you are given a leaflet detailing some exercises and when you should do them, as well as how long you should do them for.
How do exercises strengthen a dislocated shoulder?
Although resting the injury is very important to start with, resting it too much can be a bad thing to do. This is because the shoulder will naturally stiffen up if you don’t use it. It will then feel worse and harder to move, and so you get stuck in a downward spiral.
By moving your shoulder gently in a range of exercises as recommended by your care givers, you can start to regain movement in the injured joint. You will also reduce pain by keeping the shoulder mobile, even though you may still rest it for some of the time. Always follow instructions and make sure you stop or ease back on the exercises if the pain gets to be too much.
Claiming compensation for a dislocated shoulder
Just as dislocated shoulder exercises strengthen the joint, so getting the right information from a legal advisor on whether you can claim compensation will help you learn how to move ahead in that department. Not every dislocation will lead to a claim, since you must be able to prove someone was negligent and that is what led to your accident.
Call today on 0800 689 0500 and you can speak to someone at Accident Advice Helpline who may be able to help. Mobile users can ring 0333 500 0993 and it’s also possible to complete our quick test, available here now on our website. By getting the right legal advice now, there could be time to make a compensation claim that takes into account the pain and suffering you underwent when you dislocated your shoulder in the past three years.
Date Published: February 22, 2017
Author: Rob Steen