Elderly people who suffer a dislocated shoulder may take longer to heal than a younger person who has dislocated their shoulder. This is because as we age, our bones are more brittle and we are less flexible than when we were younger. Dislocated shoulder treatment in elderly people is usually the same as for a younger person – the doctor will gently manipulate the arm back into the joint using a process called ‘reduction’.
Painkillers and sedatives may be given beforehand to ease any discomfort. It’s more likely that you will need to carry out arm and shoulder exercises under the guidance of a physiotherapist if you are elderly, and you may even need surgery if you have torn tissues and tendons in the area surrounding your shoulder.
Does dislocated shoulder treatment in elderly take time to recover from?
It can do. Dislocated shoulder treatment in elderly people can include surgery, and if you are over 60 then you may take longer to heal from surgical procedures or suffer from complications, as your health is generally not as good as in your youth. If you have undergone surgery and are recovering slowly, you may be unable to work or live your life to the full. Or perhaps you have an elderly relative who has undergone treatment for a dislocation, and you need to take time off work to look after them. If their accident was caused by somebody else’s negligence, then you could make a claim for personal injury compensation on their behalf. For example, perhaps they:
- Slipped in a shopping centre car park on icy ground
- Tripped over boxes left lying around in a shop
- Slipped on a wet floor in a leisure centre
- Tripped on damaged pavement
They may even have dislocated their shoulder in a road traffic accident caused by another driver.
How long does it take to heal from a dislocated shoulder?
It can take from 12 to 16 weeks to heal from a dislocated shoulder, and for elderly people or those who have had surgery, this could be longer. To find out how much compensation you could claim after your own accident or on behalf of an elderly relative who’s been injured, take the 30-second test on our website. Then call us on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more about making a claim today. Our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, so it’s affordable for anybody to make a claim.