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Dislocated shoulder


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Get medical help if you think you’ve dislocated your shoulder. Keep your shoulder still and do not try to put your arm back in yourself.

An X-ray will check if your shoulder is dislocated. If it is, a doctor will move your arm back into place. Surgery may sometimes be needed.

A dislocated shoulder usually takes up to 12 weeks to heal, but it can take longer. You'll wear a sling to support your arm for the first few weeks.

Once you've dislocate your shoulder, there's a chance it could happen again. Physiotherapy can reduce the risk of dislocating it again.

A dislocated shoulder is when your upper arm bone comes out of place from your shoulder socket.

Page last reviewed: 16/05/2023
Next review due: 16/05/2026