Rehabilitation After A Shoulder Dislocation

Shoulder dislocation cases in Singapore are numerous, especially among the youths. This is mainly because they are actively involved in sports and physical labor. The shoulder is one of the easiest joints to dislocate because the ball joint of your upper arm sits in a very shallow socket. This makes the arm extremely mobile and able to move in many directions, but also means it isn’t very stable.

A dislocated shoulder injury can be caused by a trauma such as a car accident or from impact with the ground or humans in certain contact sports such as rugby and football.

It may take up to a year for you to completely heal from your injury after the shoulder has been put back into place.

Your doctor will prescribe rehabilitation after your injury. You may need to put a sling for a few days to stabilize the arm while the pain settles. If your damage is severe, your doctor will refer you for r physiotherapy to rehabilitate and strengthen your shoulder. You doctor may give you some exercise to do at home if your injury is mild.

The chances of dislocating your shoulder again are high, so its advisable you stop any activity that may cause another injury. However, subsequent dislocations do sometimes do occur, especially in younger people.

Doing regular recovery exercises under the supervision of a physiotherapist and avoiding awkward arm positions can reduce the risk of dislocating your shoulder again.

Read more here for Providence’s Treatment for Shoulder Dislocation.

Rehabilitation and Healing Process

Once the shoulder has been restored to its position in the socket, rehabilitating the shoulder should begin immediately. You need to strengthen the shoulder fully before returning to any strenuous activity or games.

The first phase involves restoring the shoulder to its socket. This should be followed by placing a sling around the shoulder to keep it stabilized for healing to take place.

Pain can be an issue during the first weeks after the injury. Your doctor may give you a prescription to help relieve your pain with painkillers. Also applying an ice pack on the shoulder may help with the pain and keep the swelling down.

The second phase of the healing process is to start and increase your movement to build muscle strength, especially on your rotator cuff, the muscles that rotate the arm. Depending on the extent of your injury, you may need specialized care or exercises that can be done at home.

It’s normal to feel stiff and some discomfort when you start moving again. If the pain persists, stop, and consult with your physiotherapist. Start with short, frequent sessions and then gradually increase the intensity to build up muscle strength.

It’s essential to do the prescribed movements to ensure your arms heals quickly. If the pain persists, rest and take pain relief medication.

The third phase involves a check from your doctor to ensure you are healing well. Your physiotherapists may recommend more exercises to restore normal function. Your doctor will recommend advanced exercises to make sure your shoulder is functioning, as it should.


Different people heal differently with some taking longer depending on the injury. A shoulder injury can take longer to heal. While recuperating, avoid any strenuous activity and giving yourself a break to get back to your usual self.



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