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How is a dislocated shoulder treated?

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Don’t let anyone work on your shoulder unless you're sure they are trained and have experience in doing this. Otherwise, it could make matters worse. Instead, see your doctor, who may give you a sedative or pain medicine before sliding your upper arm bone gently back into its socket. You'll have to keep the shoulder still for a few weeks afterward in a sling.

If your shoulder is being stubborn and it won't go back in place, you may need surgery to move the joint. Surgery can also repair torn ligaments or tendons in your shoulder.

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Home Edition.

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Mayo Clinic.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Home Edition.

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Mayo Clinic.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 22, 2019

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