Child Dislocated Shoulder
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- What has happened?
- What should I expect?
- What should I do?
- What should I not do?
- Will I be followed up?
- What if I have concerns/questions?
What has happened?
- Your child has a dislocated/disrupted shoulder - this means the upper arm bone has moved out of its joint
- As shoulders are generally very mobile, this is a common injury in the young
- The shoulder will have now been put back into place by Emergency Department (ED) staff
What should I expect?
- Your child will likely need to wear a sling for 6 weeks
- During this time, your child may need simple pain-relief such as paracetamol
What should I do?
- After six weeks you can remove the sling completely - you do not need to see a doctor before doing this
What should I not do?
- It is important to avoid putting your shoulder into any extreme positions for the first several weeks after your injury
Will I be followed up?
- No, most of these injuries do not require you to return to hospital
What if I have concerns/questions?
- If you have problems with the rehabilitation of you shoulder, you should see your GP first - take your ACC form/number with you
- If your shoulder does not settle or if you have another dislocation, then your GP or physio may refer you to an orthopaedic specialist who will decide if you need surgery