If you have dislocated your shoulder after a fall, there will be a period of rest and recovery at home. Dislocated shoulder treatment normally involves going to A&E to have your shoulder popped back into its socket. This procedure, known as reduction, involves a doctor manually manipulating your shoulder in circles until it is back in its socket – and it can be very painful. You’ll normally be given a sedative and painkillers, but sometimes the procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic.
After your shoulder is back in its socket your doctor will normally provide you with a sling to wear for a few days. This helps to support your arm and keep it rested until it feels less painful. In some cases, dislocated shoulder treatment can involve surgery, if you have torn tissues near your shoulder blade.
Recovering from dislocated shoulder treatment
Recovering from a dislocated shoulder can take up to 16 weeks on average. This means plenty of time spent at home resting and carrying out shoulder exercises to strengthen your shoulder and keep it mobile. Avoiding sports and other strenuous activities will be necessary, and most people will need to take some time off work. Whilst you may be glad of the rest after your accident, your bank balance may not be so happy about your time off, and your finances can be seriously affected if you are off work for a few weeks or months. Even if you receive sick pay, it can still prove challenging to pay rent and bills whilst you’re not working.
Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim compensation for lost earnings, if somebody else was responsible for your accident. Even if you’re not really sure who was at fault, you can get in touch with us – we have more than 16 years’ experience assigning blame for accidents, processing claims and helping people get the compensation they are entitled to.
What happens now?
If it has been three years or less since your accident then you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline today. Just call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out if you’re able to make a claim on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis. Dislocated shoulder claims are normally pretty simple to process and it’s unlikely you will have to go to court, so it’s well worth getting in touch with us as soon as possible after your accident.
Date Published: February 12, 2017
Author: Rob Steen