Shoulder Dislocation (cont.)
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The patient should an orthopedic doctor for a follow-up examination within a few days. Pain relieving medications may be modified and the joint examined to see that relocation has been maintained. The doctor may reexamine for injury to structures damaged by the original trauma.
After a period of immobilization (usually a few weeks), slowly and gradually begin to increase the range of motion at the shoulder joint. This helps to preserve natural movement and lessen the risk of recurrent dislocation. When good progress is made with range of motion, strengthening exercises may be added to help the patient return to full function.
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