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4/25/12 8:07 PM
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ksm
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I'm hoping for stories from guys that have fixed this problem.

I dislocated my shoulder about 3 years ago and it has probably dislocated again at least 15 time.

If I was to pull my arm back and over (like to throw a baseball) it would dislocate right now I bet.

So what kind of specialist will I have to see.

Guess first ill need an mri or something to show the problem.

What is the operation called, or can it just be fixed with rehab.

What is the rehab like, what exercises do you do?

Has anybody had totally normal shoulder function again?

What kind of pain and recovery time will I be looking at.

And finally I here ther may be a shoulder brace to prevent dislocation during sports and stuff?

Do these things work, and can you recommend any specific brace?
4/30/12 2:54 PM
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Ask this on the OG, you will get a lot more feedback.

You probably have labral tears and/or rotator cuff issues. Definitely see an ortho doctor. You will get an MRI.

If you get surgery it will most likely be outpatient arthroscopic. I had surgery for a labral tear on January 4th and am rehabbing it still.

I'll go into it more later when I have time.
5/1/12 8:12 AM
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Thanx dude,

I will move this to the og when I get the time.

I much appreciate your input, please post again if you have the time
5/2/12 10:22 PM
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Pavel's Superjoints book.
5/11/12 5:29 PM
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IF its popping out that often I am 95% sure its torn and nothing but surgery will fix it. Seen it happened to so many people, and they waste their time with different rehab etc, its its a ligament or tear its not going to heal without surgery.
9/24/12 5:41 PM
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you need to stabilize the shoulder area. start with a theraband and go see a physio. thing is with the shoulder, i know alot of people that have gotten mris and have no tears or anything, 1 who was hypermobile and his shoulder popped out constantly, he had to start stabilizing it after that. this will take months by the way. but im sure that will help with the right program.
10/6/12 9:57 PM
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Thank you!!!!
10/11/12 8:18 PM
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renatolaranjabjj - you need to stabilize the shoulder area. start with a theraband and go see a physio. thing is with the shoulder, i know alot of people that have gotten mris and have no tears or anything, 1 who was hypermobile and his shoulder popped out constantly, he had to start stabilizing it after that. this will take months by the way. but im sure that will help with the right program.

In my case, my shoulder was all kinds of fucked up for over a decade. Through rehab and lots of focused strengthening using kettlebells dumbells and clubs I rarely popped it out of joint unless doing something stupid like turning my elbow up for seionage judo throw. I could do rollouts on my TRX, snatch 72#kettlebell for reps, grapple, etc. But my punching and elbow striking, throwing a ball, etc was BAD!

When I finally decided to get it done MRIs were not definitive and only showed hint of possibility of labrum tears. Going inthere with the goal of doing a decompression the surgeon ended up performing SLAP and Bankhart labrum repairs too. IIRC, he was amazed at the level of functionality I had considering the labrum where my biceps tendon was attached was fubared, etc. I had also developed hypervigilance about my shoulder in all activities, that I still seem to have even after repaired.

So one can do some serious strengthening and develop a intense mental defensive awareness to recover and maintain function, but as a general rule I was told dislocations likely mean tears.....more episodes=more tear.

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