What can I do about my shoulder? -Dislocation- Can't have surgery.

by Mandy
(Missouri)

I dislocated back in January playing basketball, three times in one game. It wasn't good. The first time it happened I had no idea what was wrong, then it went back in pretty quick...I jumped up to get a rebound..it happened again, and then I knew something was wrong..I ran down the court, one of my friends threw me the ball before I could get out, and it came out and wouldn't go back in.

I got taken to the hospital and got it in..and then I was in a sling..the doctor had me in it for a week and said I could play. That was a bad idea on his part. It came out again..so I was back in a sling for a month. It came out while I was sleeping because I didn't have a lot of support..then it came out when I fell down the stairs..I haven't been too lucky. Then recently..after not having problems with it..it came out while playing basketball with my friends.

I had it in an immobilizer, and then once I could use it without pain I took it out. I am the Drum Major for my marching band and having to lift my arms for a long period of time doesn't bother me at all. The thing is, I want to play basketball this year; and i've been looking up different options of maybe something to wear on my shoulder while playing since we cannot afford to have surgery at the moment.

I was wondering if there is anything to wear on the shoulder to keep it in it's place, but be able to move the arm as a whole. Maybe taping it? I don't know for sure. But I really want to play this season, I only have 2 years left in high school and not playing would kill me, and I know I need surgery, but right now I can't do that.

So is there any options for things to wear on the shoulder? or should I just lay off of it?..I do have exercises I do regularly to try and keep my shoulder stronger, but I am sure it will continue to come out if I don't have anything protecting it.

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Oct 27, 2008
shoulder dislocation
by: Bart - SII

Unfortunately, there isn't any brace that you can wear that will both protect your shoulder and allow for total motion. There are braces on the market that will restrict your shoulder motion in order to help keep it stable, but they wouldn't let you move enough to be able to play basketball.

It sounds like you have a very unstable shoulder - if it is dislocating or subluxing when you are sleeping, that is fairly significant instability.

I would recommend working on improving your strength, working on your stabilization and strengthening your scapular stabilizers and rotator cuff, and getting your shoulder as strong as possible while you wait to have surgery. Basketball right now is just going to cause more problems, as you will likely dislocate again.

The more you stretch out the ligaments, the worse it will be in the future. I know giving up sports isn't something you want to consider, but, if you strengthen and protect now, then you will be in better shape when you can have the surgery - and you still have another year of basketball left.

Bart

Jan 23, 2009
same thing with me
by: Anonymous

Ya sound like me and it does get worse if yo don't let it rest, but it is boring to let ti rest I would were a sling under your clothing like a spandex one, and when you play ball take it off but after put it back on:) tell me if it work's for you.

Mar 10, 2009
arm
by: Steph

I've had the same problem for 7 years. Since I was 13. I am having to go in for surgery. There is no other way to go about it. Not even PT. They say 3years of it and only a 30% chance it'll work.

Mar 10, 2009
To let you all know...
by: Mandy

So I played ball the beginning of the year and it was fine, but it came out again. I actually did get a brace though, and I didn't think there was one, but there are. You can get them at any sporting goods store or whatever. It slides onto my arm and straps around the upper part of my body..and then I have a strap that straps from the top of my back over the shoulder and to my chest...it keeps it secure and saved it from coming out once. But I haven't had any problems since then, it definatly has been a HUGE help. So if anyone is having the same problem, there are braces..they aren't 100% but so far mine has been great. :)

Jul 21, 2009
Both shoulders disclocating
by: a.c.

I hove very bad shoulder problems and i had surgery on one of them and it still pops out when i play basketball.. Now just the other day i was playing basket ball my other shoulder poped out.. this over weight guy ran into my shoulder and now this ones disclocated.. i dont know what to do?? and suggestions??

Aug 24, 2009
SURGERY DOESN'T SOLVE ANYTHING
by: Anonymous

I have the same issue and currently I am in a sling. I have had two surgeries and now it mostly dislocates in my sleep but I learned to be careful with it when I am awake. You have to give up basketball for now and do exercises. You can make it worse not letting it rest....and while surgery works for some....it has not helped me. So I WOULD NOT NECESSARILY RECOMMEND SURGERY TO EVERYONE. Get multiple medical opinions before a surgery.

Nov 18, 2009
i have the same
by: Anonymous

i have this as well when i was 13 i dislocated it when i was playing soft ball in school and had to go to hospital and each time it went it it slid out. it took the hospital moths to realise that my joints were hyper mobile and thata what was causing it to slide in and out. it was coming ot every single day when i was in school it came out up to 25 times a week. i have been doing physio the past year and i notice a big differnce. i know that it is really hard and you cant keep coping with it coming out all the time. just keep doing your exercises daily and it will inprove i promise you i thought mine would never get stronger but it is.

Jan 02, 2010
I could use come help too. . .
by: Cara (16)

Well for me my coach has shoulder problems to so he helps me with what to do. My situation is similar to yours.

I first dislocated my shoulder playing basketball last year, it was at the beginning of the season and had to go to the doctor to put it back in. The doctor said that I had to wear it in a sling until I felt confortable but no basketball for four to six weeks. I played the end of the season with no problems at all. After the season was over though I was wated sliding with my friends and on one of the slides the force from the water pushed it out. Again I needed the doctors assistence to get it back in. This season I started off good with no problems untill about the third tounament. It came out for about a minuit and with just advisting my elbow it slid back in, I didn't go to practice for the rest of the week and had my arm in a sling. It was our home tournament and I wanted to play so I did it came out twice in one day. Coach said that is was almost christmas holiday so take off the next week and then we will see when we get back.

I have somewhat been doing exercises I got from phisio. What I would like to no is if their is anything else I can do to make my shoulder stronger so I can play out the rest of this season and next.

Also my coach is taking me too see a "healer" person. I guess he just feels your shoulder or toches it or something and its "heals" it. My coach tried it and never had a full dislocation since. You might want to try something like that.

Jan 07, 2010
Dislocated shoulder 6 times in three months. HELP ME PLEASE!!
by: rpark

Hey I also have the same problem. I first dislocated my shoulder while breakdancing and I popped it back in the second it came out. So I had no idea how serious it was until it popped out again.
I had no idea that once it pops out, it makes it easier to pop out again. I didn't realize that until I dislocated it again while sleeping. Funny thing is there were 2 times where I dislocated the shoulder twice in a row in less than a 3 minutes. Idk if my dislocation isnt as severe as other ppl cause out of the six times I never went to the doctor once. Just waited the pain to go away for about a week and in that time it was unstable so it felt weird everytime I moved my right arm. I finally ended up asking a friend(doctor) and he recommended surgery. I am very active(snowboarding,breakdancing)so i was wondering if theres anything i can do except surgery... OH and can I wear a shoulder brace while sleeping? cause fuck. I REALLY dont wanna dislocate it again while sleeping. worst experience ever......

Jan 08, 2010
To rpark:
by: Mandy

I actually have a brace that I wear when I play basketball to keep my shoulder in. I am not sure where my coach got it, but there are braces out there to wear since you snowboard and everything, it might be helpful. My suggestion for something to wear while you sleep, maybe if you go to a nearby clinic or the hospital see about getting what they call an immobilizer. I know my shoulder has come out many times in my sleep when wearing my sling, so after a few times of going to the emergency room I requested a immobilizer and it keeps it secure to my body and it doesn't come out. Once it starts to not hurt as much and you can use it more, do exercies with it to strengthen it more. Since i've done that it hasn't come out in my sleep. Hope that helps =]

Jan 10, 2010
To Cara:
by: Mandy

Yeah, your situation sounds a lot like mine. I had it come out many times in a game and had to have doctors assistance to put it back in. I had small exercies that I was told to do after going to a physical therapist, and it did help a little. As of right now the last time my shoulder came out was during the summer, and I haven't done much exercising with it but it's gotten much tighter. I rely soley on my shoulder brace when I play and it keeps it in but as far as anything else such as exercises you can do to make it stay in, i'm not sure what you could do. Sorry for not being much help! But best of luck to you! I know having a shoulder problem is a huge disadvantage but if you take good care of it and be cautious hopefully it gets better =]

Jan 27, 2010
well
by: Anonymous

Well My shoulder first dislocated while I was at football practice during some routine drills. I didnt really think much of it I quickly popped it back in place...it hurt like hell.....I laid off hitting and lifting weights for about two weeks and played in our last game with my shoulder wrapped. I had no idea but many of my friends on the team had the same issue..a few of us then talked to a trainer about the situation and we started working out with him on a regular basis doing alot of different shoulder workouts and it really made a difference. I guess what im saying is that your over all health has alot to do with alot of the problems that athletes have to deal with. Surgery is an option but I think that if you get the right treatement and do the hard work to heal yourself then you could actually make it stronger than it was before, no matter what its always going to be in your head that mabey it mite come out again try not to let that affect you cuz it will affect you mentally and mabey even emotionally. shoulder straps really do work. But you dont want to rely on those. Hope everybody can fix there problem or at least help fix it a little bit.

Feb 11, 2010
I have had this problem for years
by: Hank

I have had the same problem since my sophomore year in highschool from playing football. it came out then and it came out while playing basketball. i believe i have the same brace that you do but i still dislocated it with it on, some kid over the backed me and stole the ball and pulled it out. since then i had surgery on my left arm that was a year ago and i have not had a single problem with it. i have taken up weightlifting through the week since this summer which would have been six months after my surgery i started. it has helped tremendously. i can feel the strength in my shoulders keeping everything in place. i would suggest working out for anyone who doesnt want to go the route of surgery. its worth a shot anyways. i was a pretty scrawny kid when mine came out all the time now that i have some bulk i definitely feel more solid with it. hope it helps :)

Apr 16, 2010
WW
by: Anonymous

I have had this problem too playing football and i went to my doctor and he recommended the sully brace. it works! you dont have total rotation with the shoulder but it does work!

Apr 16, 2010
Ways to strengthen your shoulder
by: Anonymous

I have had repeated dislocations and surgery to repair my shoulder. While each injury may be different and I am not a doctor, I have found that rowing and performing rotator cuff exercises with resistance bands has helped limit the number of repeated dislocations and pain. Rowing strenthens the scapula and sucks the ball into the socket. My surgeon recommended I take it up and it has helped with my shoulders and my overall health.

May 11, 2010
Pictures of these braces
by: Shawn

I play a lot of sports and need to find a brace. I dont want to just "pick" one off the interet without opinions.

Does anyone out there who uses one of these braces have a picture of the brace you use?

Can you email me and let me know what you think. Thank you. EliteDesigns1000@AOL.COM

Jun 05, 2010
shoulder dislocation
by: someone

Hi...i have a shoulder dislocation since 2003, i stopped doing anything that hurts my shoulder and now i feel that i could do some excersises without any pain but i have to be careful not lifting heavy things or play rough games ... all you need to do rest and put something that support your shoulder. You need to rest at least 6 months then start strenthing your shoulder musels.

Jul 27, 2010
Dont Play
by: Anonymous

When I was 13 I dislocated my shoulder playing softball. I went to the doctors and they took an xray, said they didn't see anything and let me keep playing once I healed. So I kept playing and it kept popping out of place. Ever since I have had horrible problems with my shoulder. If I just reach behind me in the wrong direction it comes out. If I sleep on it the wrong way it comes out. It is sore all the time. I am now 26 and can afford to see a specialist. I was told that the doctor I saw when I was 13 was a terrible one because he should have taken an mri because I have significant rotator cuff damage that has been accumulating ever since. The worst thing I could have done was keep playing softball, even though my doctor at the time said I could. I now have to have surgery to correct the problem my doctor should have caught over 10 years ago. I know it sucks, but until you can get it taken care of, DONT CONTINUE TO PLAY. You will just continue to damage it. And you will be in constant pain because of the accumulation of damage. Its just not worth it.

Aug 17, 2010
Advice
by: David Barrios

I dislocated both shoulders atleast five times each and its not fun at all. Ironically when im not going to the gym daily my accidents usually happen. Best advice I can give you is to just work out and build muscle in order to make your shoulders and the muscles around your shoulder stronger. I cant say not to get surgery but its not the ideal decision to make for making your shoulder better. I recently had knee surgery b/c i dislocated my knee cap, tore my acl, and tore my quadricep tendon. Surgery and rehab are not fun at all. My knee hasnt been the same and it never will. Just work and stay in shape. Thats the best advice someone can give you

Aug 17, 2010
do the surgery
by: broken

Hey man, I've had the same issue since I was 19 years old - 12 years ago. Both shoulders, actually. A year ago, I finally got the surgeries I needed. My right arm is perfect - like new. My left arm is worse than it was before. It was so bad that I would dislocate at least once a month, per shoulder, for TWELVE YEARS. Unfortunately, I'm probably going to need surgery again for the left arm. Fortunately, the right one feels absolutely great and I've had absolutely no problems after PT.

Don't go your entire life without the surgery. I've had to reduce myself to menial jobs for the core of my youth because any physical activity would cause my arms to pop out. I wish I had taken surgery when I was younger and had the opportunity, because, in retrospect, it definitely had a fundamentally negative impact on the quality of my life. Even something simple - like lifting my car hood - would cause them to dislocate (and at the same time, now try putting them back in with no one around, lol.).

Sep 02, 2010
well have to add this input
by: chicaho lion

actually to disagree with most of cases, those who re dislocate their shoulder again are most likely coz they aint healed the first time well. i made a tremedous recovery and never dislcoated my shoulder again. i used a method cant disclose it here, but it made my shoulder strongest than before. will write it maybe later

Oct 03, 2010
bodybuilder shoulder popping
by: Anonymous

my shoulder has dislocated 6 times in year, mainly in my sleep, so as it feels good i'm back to the gym ,as a bodybuilder i assumed the area would tighten up again. but not so sure, any ideas how i can handle this with my sport thanks guys

Oct 09, 2010
Hurt lke hell (sorry for the comment)
by: Debbie

My first dislocation of the shoulder was over 2 years ago. I had no idea what the heck happened. But it hurt like heck. Took me over 2 years for surgery and I just hope this worked. I see my surgeon next week to see what is going on. The pain was very unbearable but once the sholder went back into the socket I was ok, except for some slight pain. It's only been 6 weeks since surgery so i will see what happens. I still sleep with my sling on because I'm so afraind of it dislocating again, even though I had surger. Please wish me luck on my recovery. Thank You.

Oct 09, 2010
Hurt lke hell (sorry for the comment)
by: Debbie

My first dislocation of the shoulder was over 2 years ago. I had no idea what the heck happened. But it hurt like heck. Took me over 2 years for surgery and I just hope this worked. I see my surgeon next week to see what is going on. The pain was very unbearable but once the sholder went back into the socket I was ok, except for some slight pain. It's only been 6 weeks since surgery so i will see what happens. I still sleep with my sling on because I'm so afraind of it dislocating again, even though I had surger. Please wish me luck on my recovery. Thank You.

Oct 11, 2010
SAME O STORY
by: JENHERJR

MY SHOULDER POPED OUT BACK IN HIG SCHOOL, APPENED TWO TIMES THAN I GOT SURGERY, ABOUT 4 MONTHS AGO I HURT IT AND A MONTH LATER IT POPED OUT AFTER THAT IT HAS POPED OUT TWO MORE TIMES, MONDAY 9/4 BEING THE LAST. I ALSO CANT HAVE SURGERY DUE TO NO INSURANCE NOR MEDICARE. I SHOULD PROBABLY BE WEARING MY SLING BUT I HAVE A FAMILY TO SUPPORT! I NEED SOMETHING MIGHT TRY THAT SULLY BRACE AND SOME WORKOUT FOR NOW... ANYWAYS GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF US.

Oct 21, 2010
Multiple dislocations
by: brian

Like the rest of "us" I dislocated my shoulder 2 and a half years ago skiing. I am stubborn and didnt do any of the recommended exercises (if you have only done it once do them!!!!) since then i have dislocated it 8 more times... I had an oppertunity to get the recommended surgery after the 4th dislocation which caused me to have to go to the ER to get reduced. After getting that bill I figured out how to put it back in place on my own b/c going through another expensive ER trip just isn't worth nor the answer. I stumbled upon this page b/c i am set to have surgery in may(7 months from now) b/c i am moving to colorado for the ski season and looking for a brace that limits mobility and provides support. since i am sure it will happen again while skiing but would like to limit the number of times. Im 23 and graduated college and have nothing holding me ack from living the dream for a year b4 grad school otherwise i would get the surgery now. has anyone used the DonJoy Shoulder Stabilizer, or the sully, and how effective is it? please e-mail me with feedback would like some feedback before investing in a brace i will use all season. thanks and good luck to all, do the exercises or get the surgery when a doctor suggests the problem gets worse its a fact. its an unfortunate reoccuring injury that when not taken care of properly just gets worse (can't wait for my surgery or the feet of snow!!)
email: bh72964@appstate.edu

Nov 03, 2010
It happen to me when I was 23 or 24
by: Vegas guy

Now I'm 25 it's came out of place 5,8 times playing football
Playing basketball I'm my sleep it sucks!!! But where my case sounds different is that I always had poping I'm my shoulder and I'm also double jointed in my shoulder but it naver came out of place up intill the last year or so would exsirsize help me or do I need Surgery ? I don't play much contact spores any more I just don't want it pop out any more not only dose it heart then but it not right for few weeks not cool I have not seen a dr yet and 1 more Q: dose any drs. Look at this sit ? GB thanks.

Dec 09, 2010
Just turned 21 and just in time for Christmas! lol
by: Isaiah

In 07 I poped my left shoulder out of place falling down stairs, it instantly poped back in place on its own and within a week it felt alot better with just alittle pain in certain positions. I then poped that shoulder out again lifting risers, again dropping a motorcycle and once more tackling my friend's dog to catch it lol, all in a 1 years time period. Well after all that my shoulder took over a year for the pain to completetly be gone all together and I regained full mobility and it now feels stronger then ever I do lift weights and I think that has somthing to do with it. Well just 2 days ago lifting weights I managed to pop the right shoulder out of place in which it instantly went back in... the irony... None of my dislocations seemed all that severe infact I feel very little loosness or pain in my right arm just 2 days after but I will still do the shoulder stabalizing excersizes for both my arms after I take a break from upper body and focus on my legs.

Dec 13, 2010
Shouler problems for me.
by: nick L

i haven't had any expert opinion but i crashed on my dirt bike 2 years ago and every since then my shoulder has been popping in and out the weird thing is that every time it pops out it goes back in right away. its been popping out alot lately for stupid reasons and some are explainable. like today for instance i was at work sweeping and it came out like nothing. and it comes out when im wrestling, or in martial arts and when i ride my bike and stuff and its starting to get really annoying because its not like dislocating a shoulder hurts or anything cause that shit hurts. What can i do to help out my shoulder? i do lift weights and stuff too but i cant do some workouts because of my shoulder so please help me out and let me know what i can use or so to help this problem.

Mar 26, 2011
Its not a problem bro
by: GM

I've dislocation on right shoulder but its now very strong and i made it with in 3 month by doing CHIN-UP...its really helpful.

Mar 26, 2011
Its not a problem bro
by: GM Boxer

I've dislocation on right shoulder but its now very strong and i made it with in 3 month by doing CHIN-UP...its really helpful.

Sep 08, 2011
encourage me
by: RDG

Hello guys, it has been a week since my shoulder poped out when i fell down. I didnt feel any pain and also nothing when doctor poped it back. Now i m resting it, i dont move it at all because i have worn a very expensive splint and i will keep it for a month to heal it absolutely. Do u think that after therapies and exercises i will be able to break dance again as i used to?

Sep 08, 2011
dislocation from falling
by: Anonymous

My shoulder poped out 6 days ago. I didnt feel any pain and also i didnt felt any pain when doctor poped it back. Now i wear an expensive splint and i will not wear it out for a month. After some therapies and exercises i ll be able to break dance as i used to. Plas encourage me.... :) good luck to every1.

Dec 28, 2011
There has GOT TO BE A SOLUTION NEW
by: Anonymous

Someone has got to figure out how to heal these shoulders without surgery. I had surgery and it stayed in for a while, but as soon as it came out again the problem has been a nightmare all over again.

We need a brace people. C'mon every other freaking injury has a brace you can wear. Someone needs to come up with something that will make the Shoulder mobile, and indestructible against dislocation. how hard could it be!?

Dec 29, 2011
~To the most recent Anonymous post. NEW
by: Mandy

I do have a brace that I wear when I play basketbal because like I posted before, I hurt it a few years ago while playing and unless I wear it, it will dislocate.
It's not a kind of brace I would just wear around, but if you're playing any sort of sports, or doing physical activity that requires a lot of movement of in your shoulder, I would recommend it.
If you go to google, and simply type in "shoulder braces" a few photos will come up. The one entitled "EVS SB03 Shoulder Support Brace" is almost identical to what mine looks like. I got mine my sophomore year of high school, and I am now a sophomore in college though, so the type isn't the exact same. It is a very effective brace in my opinion, and my shoulder has only dislocated once, while playing basketball, when I was wearing it. But there have been many other times I have felt the brace keep my shoulder from coming out... so I really would recommend it if you are in need of one.
I hope that helped a least a little bit!

May 05, 2012
Simple motions to help with shoulder issues NEW
by: Baseball trainer

Has anyone noticed that baseball players have distinct shoulder and arm injuries? Tennis players consistently have the same motion as pitchers but not the same rate of injury. It's all in muscle training. Tennis players hold on to the racket during back and forward swings thereby strengthening the often neglected backside of the shoulder. May I suggest getting various weighted balls up to 5 to 6 oz, and practicing "depending on frequency of dislocation" a slow to full speed fluid throwing motion, but instead of releasing the ball hold on to it. Not only will this strengthen the forgotten sections of the shoulder, but for most will actually add velocity to your delivery.

Nov 14, 2012
You need a jump start! NEW
by: Anonymous

Howdy there. First off, very sorry to hear.

I had the same problem, and I couldn't get into a surgeon for over a year, which wasn't acceptable.

So I talked to my physio. And he offered me some advice. Either massage, or stilumulation. When you dislocated your shoulder. It ruptured the muscles. And that doesn't help the flow of blood.

So my advice. Get a hold of a blood stimulation kit. They are fairly expensive, but do well, this is where I got mine from. Good luck www.kingbrand.com/Shoulder_Injury_Treatment.php?REF=Boris1011

Nov 14, 2012
You need a jump start! NEW
by: Anonymous

Howdy there. First off, very sorry to hear.

I had the same problem, and I couldn't get into a surgeon for over a year, which wasn't acceptable.

So I talked to my physio. And he offered me some advice. Either massage, or stilumulation. When you dislocated your shoulder. It ruptured the muscles. And that doesn't help the flow of blood.

So my advice. Get a hold of a blood stimulation kit. They are fairly expensive, but do well, this is where I got mine from. Good luck www.kingbrand.com/Shoulder_Injury_Treatment.php?REF=Boris1011

Nov 14, 2012
You need a jump start! NEW
by: Anonymous

Howdy there. First off, very sorry to hear.

I had the same problem, and I couldn't get into a surgeon for over a year, which wasn't acceptable.

So I talked to my physio. And he offered me some advice. Either massage, or stilumulation. When you dislocated your shoulder. It ruptured the muscles. And that doesn't help the flow of blood.

So my advice. Get a hold of a blood stimulation kit. They are fairly expensive, but do well, this is where I got mine from. Good luck www.kingbrand.com/Shoulder_Injury_Treatment.php?REF=Boris1011

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