Shoulder dislocation treatment in Burr Ridge

Also serving Plainfield, Morris and surrounding areas

Procedure Arthroscopic, Outpatient
Torn capsule and Labrum (Bankart lesion or Perthes lesion) are surgically repaired to restore stability to the shoulder joint.
Duration1.5 hours–2 hours
Recovery Sling for 4-6 weeks.
Therapy begins at week 4 to allow time for early healing
Physical Therapy will last for 3–4 months
Return to work is dependent on type of work
Return to full sports is 4–5 months post-surgery.

The shoulder joint consists of a ball and socket, and when these two become separated a dislocation occurs. There are many causes, but most commonly, some traumatic injury causes the dislocation such as sports injuries, work injuries, falls, or motor vehicle trauma. The shoulder may partially dislocate and return spontaneously to its normal position, or it may come completely out of socket and require medical attention to place the ball back in the socket. The most common form of dislocation is when the ball dislocates out the front of the socket.

Younger patients (ages 25 and under) who are active in sports have a very high likelihood of repeat dislocation after sustaining their first injury. The chances range from 50%–90% that the shoulder will dislocate again. In this age group, a more aggressive treatment approach involving early Arthroscopic Surgical Repair of damaged ligaments and cartilage is becoming an acceptable norm, in much the same way a torn ACL is surgically treated early to stabilize the knee joint. Many studies now show significant benefit to early surgical repair of the dislocating shoulder joint in young athletes. There is a reduced chance of arthritis developing in the shoulder when earlier surgical intervention is undertaken for a dislocated shoulder.

Physical therapy will be enough to prevent repeat dislocation for many, but not all, patients in this age group, and treatment is individualized depending on activity level, type of sport, and desire for return to sports.

Older patients (ages 25 and up), are not as likely to have repeat dislocations. Treatment is based on ability to function in life and work. For people who do not re-dislocate, using a maintenance exercise routine may be all that is needed. For people who have instability or looseness in the shoulder that affects daily life or work, Arthroscopic Surgical Repair may be required.

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Dr. David Burt is a renowned sports medicine physician who is dedicated to helping his patients live life free from chronic pain or discomfort. He specializes in treatment of shoulder injuries, and offers a number of treatment solutions to patients who suffer from shoulder dislocation. In addition to treating shoulder dislocations caused by sports injuries, Dr. Burt works with patients in need of a workers compensation surgeon. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, contact his practice today at 815-267-8825. Dr. Burt proudly serves patients throughout Naperville, Joliet and Aurora, IL.

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