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When the upper arm comes out of the shoulder socket, it is called a dislocated shoulder. Often you will require a doctor to help put your shoulder joint back into place.
After the doctor puts the shoulder back in place, he or she may put your arm in a sling or shoulder immobilizer. This will keep it from moving.
Exercise and physiotherapy can help your shoulder get strong and move normally again. It may take up to a year for your shoulder to heal and be free of pain.
If your shoulder keeps coming out of place, talk to your doctor about surgery, which can prevent further dislocations.
When your shoulder is put back into place you may have had a sedative to help you relax. You may be unsteady after having sedation. It can take a few hours for the medicine's effects to wear off. Common side effects of sedation include nausea, vomiting, and feeling sleepy or tired.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Adaptation Date: 5/24/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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