Initially, after a suspected shoulder dislocation, it is important to visit the doctor to ensure that the shoulder is back in its joint and to assess for any possible fracture, tendon tear or nerve damage etc., which can all occur with this injury. An X-ray may be warranted to help in the diagnosis and management.
Management of a shoulder dislocation largely depends on a person’s age. A young person has a high risk of re-dislocating the joint and a relatively low risk of stiffness. An older person may have the opposite problem- a low risk of re-dislocation and a high risk of stiffness. Either way, these joint injuries may require a shoulder sling initially, physiotherapy to aid in the rehabilitation of the shoulder and sometimes surgery.