A dislocated shoulder is an injury in which upper arm bone pops out of the cup-shaped socket that's part of shoulder blade. The shoulder is the body's most mobile joint, which makes it susceptible to dislocation.
In the acute phase of a dislocated shoulder, therapy is limited. The arm is immobilized in a sling and swathed for 1-3 weeks. The recurrence rate for shoulder instability is highly dependent on the age of the patient. Non-operative care is performed first before entertaining the thought of surgery. Most patients are able to rehabilitate their shoulder with rest and physical therapy. In patients who have recurrent shoulder instability, operative care is highly considered.
A new study suggests, a common shoulder injury that is usually repaired with surgery can heal just as well with nonsurgical treatment. If shoulder dislocation becomes a chronic condition, a brace can sometimes help. However, if therapy and bracing fail, surgery may be needed to repair or tighten the torn or stretched ligaments that help hold the joint in place, particularly in young athletes