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In the gym yesterday.
Not cool. I was doing incline flys with 60 lb. dumbells.
I lost my balance for a second, the weight in my left arm dipped too low and as I tried to bring it back, my shoulder popped out, arm bent backwards and I dropped the weight. As soon as the weight fell, my arm popped back into place.

That was the most painful thing I've ever had happen to me.

I now have my arm in a sling. Hopefully it heals quickly.
This is going to be difficult working with one arm.
From what I have read, people over 40 years old may only be in a sling for 3-5 days.
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I dislocated my right shoulder just before Christmas. Had to go to the ER to get it put back in place, and I wore a sling for about three weeks. I ended up tearing the muscle that goes over the rotator cuff and am now in physical therapy, trying to stave off surgery.

Amen to the pain.

If you have full movement in that shoulder now, you may get away without visiting the doc. I only had about 40% usage after a month. It's better now but nowhere near what it should be. I can bring the arm up to 90* (straight out from the body) in front but sideways is a whole 'nother matter.

Good luck!
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Take care my friend, you cannot afford to injure yourself for many reasons...
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PT is a good idea anyway. Once dislocated that shoulder will be prone to it afterward.
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Yikes. Painful. I’ve torn muscle but never dislocated. My shoulder has been wrecked for months. Just slowly working into it.
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I dislocated mine in my 20's. Also tore the rotator cuff and broke my collar bone. Went through two surgeries.

Still have issues with it today. My best advice is let it fully heal and when you can do the PT exercise to strengthen it again.

Good luck!

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I dislocated my right shoulder just before Christmas. Had to go to the ER to get it put back in place, and I wore a sling for about three weeks. I ended up tearing the muscle that goes over the rotator cuff and am now in physical therapy, trying to stave off surgery.

Amen to the pain.

If you have full movement in that shoulder now, you may get away without visiting the doc. I only had about 40% usage after a month. It's better now but nowhere near what it should be. I can bring the arm up to 90* (straight out from the body) in front but sideways is a whole 'nother matter.

Good luck!
Not really much movement yet. I can move it a little upward, but no side or back movement yet. It's been only 20 hours since it happened. Trying to not use pain meds.
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I dislocated mine in my 20's. Also tore the rotator cuff and broke my collar bone. Went through two surgeries.

Still have issues with it today. My best advice is let it fully heal and when you can do the PT exercise to strengthen it again.

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As soon as I'm able I'm doing PT exercises.
Thanks for the well wishes all.
I hope I recover quickly.
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I was told whatever I do, don't try to move it backwards. Any movement I did, I was to keep my hand in sight. For what it's worth...
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I'll be praying for a quick recovery.
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Immobilize it for 2 weeks, it needs to rest, relax, heal. Then start with gentile stretching for 2 to 4 weeks. Do not start strengthening exercises for 6 months, and start very light and work up to more only if you can without pain. An overly aggressive physical therapist can actually make it worse, prevent healing, cause increased pain that can last for years. A recovery program needs to be very specific, depending on what muscle/tendons/ligaments were damaged, how severe the damage. Been there, done that.
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Immobilize it for 2 weeks, it needs to rest, relax, heal. Then start with gentile stretching for 2 to 4 weeks. Do not start strengthening exercises for 6 months, and start very light and work up to more only if you can without pain. An overly aggressive physical therapist can actually make it worse, prevent healing, cause increased pain that can last for years. A recovery program needs to be very specific, depending on what muscle/tendons/ligaments were damaged, how severe the damage. Been there, done that.
From what I hear, any movements that involve pain should be avoided.
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Had a similar problem while lifting aboard ship, also tore a muscle in shoulder and finally had to take about three months off to let it heal.
Before the injury, while lifting, I'd keep my feet on the floor for balance. Afterwards for all heavy lifts I keep my feet on the bench, heals touching and as close as possible to my glutes. It forces me to pay attention to my balance and since then no injuries.
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Dislocated shoulder is a common kayaking injury. Arm is up out of position and a fairly small force can dislocate.
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Ouch dude.
Lucky it popped back in on its own tho.
I think.
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OH DANG!! I cringed reading that! Hope you heal up quick!
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Threw mine out and ripped it, swinging a bat.

Time Time Time Heals.

Be very delibrate in movement when lifting, but don't baby it either.

I'm moving logs and cords of wood, wrenching on trucks, trenching, masonry, no problem now, 2 years out.

Avoid Inertia with movements.

The idea of slow movement during and after healing is to give any pain a chance to let you adjust your movement and load.

The pain will subside, but continue to move deliberately when loading the shoulder.

Good luck man.
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I first dislocated my shoulder in a motorcycle wreck. Had to be put back in at hospital. Since then it has recurred a few times, mainly when my arm is in the raised extended position.
Your very lucky it popped back in cause while its out it friggin hurts. For what its worth I never used a sling, just was careful with my movements.
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I used to ride bulls. I cant count how many times i dislocated my right shoulder, at least 20 times just in the arena. Its popped out for no reason at all since i quit ridin bulls. 11 times in the last 15 years. Whatever you do, DONT mess with it for at least a couple weeks. After that be very careful with it for a few months. If it makes any amount of pain or throbbing in the next 6 months stop what youre doing and get somebody else to do it. When you start working it out again, go slow, pain is your guide. Hopefully youll never experience it again.
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