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OVERVIEW

Posterior Dislocation

Dislocations where the arm moves in the opposite direction to the socket (called posterior dislocations) are rare (4%). Athletes involved in sports like baseball and tennis are more likely to experience posterior subluxation.

As stated above, sudden dislocation can be life-threatening. To ensure that there are no blood vessels or nerve damage to the arm, shoulder, or hand, the patient should immediately be taken to an emergency room. The emergency room physician will usually be able to move the arm so that the shoulder is reattached. Surgery is rarely necessary. Often, pain and muscle relaxant medication are prescribed. The pain can be reduced with ice. To strengthen the shoulder muscles, physical therapy is often started within two weeks of a dislocation.

GOALS

Possible Treatment Goals

  • Decrease Risk of Reoccurrence
  • Improve Fitness
  • Improve Function
  • Optimize Joint Alignment
  • Improve Muscle Strength and Power
  • Increase Oxygen to Tissues
  • Improve Proprioception
  • Improve Tolerance for Prolonged Activities

Physical Therapy & Recovery
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Sports Performance
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Joint Manipulation / Mobilization
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Rehab to Performance Hybrid Program
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Shockwave Therapy
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Normatec Recovery Systems

Blood Flow Restrictions Therapy
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Dry Needling
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Cupping
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Movement Retraining
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Soft Tissue Mobilization