A shoulder dislocation is a traumatic injury of the shoulder in which the humeral head (or the “ball” of the ball-and-socket joint) slides completely out of the glenoid (the “socket”). Since studies have recently shown a high rate of recurrent shoulder instability, especially in young athletes, orthopedic surgeons are increasingly treating even first-time shoulder dislocations in young athletes surgically. Still, many people can do well and recover quickly by performing regular exercises for a shoulder dislocation.

In this video, physical therapist Yves Gege and I show a few exercises you can do to try to recover from a dislocated shoulder.

Remember, these exercise posts, like other information on this site, are not intended to represent specific medical advice. If you have any questions about this injury or of its treatment, make sure to see your doctor or a physical therapist.

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