Shoulder Physiotherapist in Melbourne
A forceful blow to the shoulder joint can result in a dislocation. This occurs when the Humeral head (ball) of the shoulder is separated from the Scapula (socket). Following dislocation it is important that the joint is relocated as soon as possible.
Dislocated Shoulder Treatment
Following a dislocated shoulder it is important to seek the advice of a Shoulder Physiotherapist. Depending on the severity and the stability of the shoulder dislocation the shoulder may need to be immobilised for 2- 6 weeks. During this time your Shoulder Physiotherapist will advise you on the stability of the soft tissues and they may be able to begin some treatment. The soft tissues of the joint need a combination of rest and rehabilitation and this careful approach is best managed by your Physiotherapist. Initial treatment will focus on increasing range of motion. Once the motion has increased then strengthening of the shoulder stabilising muscles (rotator cuff – Supraspinatus, Teres Minor, Infraspinatus and Subscapularis) will commence. Our focus is to regain stability of the important cuff muscles before we commence strengthening of the larger shoulder muscles such as the Deltoid. Our Physiotherapists are experts in the care and rehabilitation of the shoulder and we can help you to recover following your injury.