Q. Can a full range of shoulder movements be regained after weeks of shoulder dislocation?

Answered by
Dr. Atul Prakash
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 09, 2022

Hello doctor,

My shoulder got dislocated three weeks ago. I was suggested to use a sling. Also, I have started physiotherapy. However, my physiotherapist keeps warning me to prevent moving my shoulder. Can I regain the full motion of my shoulder? Also, can I lift weights? Is it something I should be concerned about?

Kindly help.



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I understand your concern and would be happy to help. It is possible to regain a full range of movements after a dislocation. However, abduction and external rotation in the overhead position must be avoided for six weeks to three months. Also, you may not require surgery if your work or sports do not put you at risk of dislocation. I suggest you regain your entire range of shoulder movement before strengthening your muscles.

I hope this helps.

Kindly revert in case of further questions.

Thank you.

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