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Shoulder FAQ

Question:

While skiing recently, I dislocated my right shoulder. This is the second time in less than a year for this shoulder. I'm in a sling, like last time. If I keep it in the sling longer, will it lessen the chances of this happening a third time?

Answer:

Unfortunately, no. The chance of another shoulder dislocation in people under 30 years old who participate in sports is high. That chance goes down with age. The amount of time in a sling does not seem to lower the chances. Arthroscopy surgery is another treatment approach to consider that may keep you from dislocating the shoulder again. Talk to your orthopedist about the treatment plan that is best for you.

 



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