- Stand with your affected arm close to a wall.
- Bend your arm up so your elbow is at a 90 degree angle (like the letter “L”), and turn your palm as if you are about to shake someone’s hand.
- Hold your forearm and elbow close to the wall.
- Hold for a count of 6.
- Repeat 8 to 12 times.
What is the fastest way to heal a dislocated shoulder?
Doctors recommend using a sling or brace to immobilize the affected arm and shoulder for four to six weeks to allow the muscles and other soft tissues to rest and heal. During the first 2 days, applying an ice pack to the shoulder 3 times a day for 15 to 20 minutes may reduce swelling and ease pain.
When should you start exercising a dislocated shoulder?
Simple static strengthening exercises can be started from three days following a dislocation. This helps to limit muscle weakness while keeping the shoulder relatively still for soft tissue healing. Remove the sling four times a day to perform the static strengthening exercises below.
How long does it take for a dislocated shoulder to fully heal?
You can stop wearing the sling after a few days, but it takes about 12 to 16 weeks to completely recover from a dislocated shoulder. You’ll usually be able to resume most activities within 2 weeks, but should avoid heavy lifting and sports involving shoulder movements for between 6 weeks and 3 months.