A dislocation of the shoulder is a common injury in contact sports such as rugby and martial arts. It is characterised by severe shoulder pain and deformity of the shoulder. The pain is extreme and patients usually require a hospital visit to restore normal joint position via a procedure known as reduction.
After the normal position of the shoulder has been restored active physiotherapy is required. This is usually started after 2 or 3 weeks immobilisation in a sling. It is important to restore the shoulders stability by strengthening the muscles around the shoulder before increasing the range of movement.
After a patient has suffered one dislocation it is very important to improve stability because if they suffer a 2nd or 3rd dislocation the likelihood of requiring surgical stabilisation increases.
Physiotherapist, Mark Endacott is well experienced in the rehabilitation of shoulder dislocation amongst other shoulder injuries.