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Dislocated Shoulder and Physiotherapy
A dislocated shoulder is a common injury in sports that are high
impact and more often contact sports, such as rugby, mixed martial arts
(MMA) or taekwando.
Shoulder dislocations can be very painful
shoulder injuries, and most of the time, the patient will likely need to
seek medical help and shoulder physiotherapy.
The patient with an
acute shoulder dislocation needs to quickly see a doctor who can
re-locate (push the bone back into its original position), as prolonged
shoulder dislocation CAN can irreversible damage to the axillary nerve -
this can cause a loss of strength, movement and strength in the injured
post shoulder re-location
After the dislocated shoulder has been re-positioned back into its original position, the doctor will usually request for immobilization with a sling to protect the shoulder from anymore downwards force or force from the side that may re-dislocate the shoulder again.
Sling-using would be for at least 2-8 weeks, depending on
- severity of the dislocation
- severity/presence of any tears
During this time, patients will be taught gentle protected mobilization exercises to maintain range of motion and prevent joints from stiffening up.
hand therapy and physiotherapy post shoulder dislocation
Active hand therapy and physiotherapy treatments of course is best to start as early as possible...but please
- do not do any overhead arm movements
- do not participate in any sports for at least 8 weeks
- do be cautious as you move about
This is to ensure that your post-dislocation shoulder heals the best it can.
for your shoulder can start once the orthopedic or sports doctor
requests you to be medically off the sling and to start active therapy.
Our senior physiotherapists will start
- strengthening for your rotator cuff muscles (as long as there is no pain)
- active mobilization and movement therapies
- home therapy exercises for your shoulder with resistive therapybands
A post-dislocated shoulder often has the risks of re-dislocating the same shoulder again because of the damage that occurred to the shoulder structures internally and externally.
That's why our senior physiotherapists will focus a lot on strengthening ligaments, tendons, rotator cuff muscles around the shoulder to
- increase its strength and stability
- decrease risk of re-dislocations
If there is frequent dislocations (4-5 or more), then the shoulder may be classified as having shoulder instability and there is a possibility that orthopedic/shoulder surgeons may recommend shoulder stabilization surgery.
We work with many orthopedic surgeons, and we will be more than happy to help refer you the best-fit shoulder specialist for you or your loved one.
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physiotherapists and rehab therapists who are highly
trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of
expert care to our patients.
PHYSIOTHERAPY & PHYSICAL THERAPY
HAND THERAPY & SPLINTING
Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists
(sprains and fractures) and fingers, and requires Hand Therapy to increase the function of their hand
following injuries or post-operations as well as custom made hand splints.
Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes
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Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on
- core stability
- flexibility and
It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which
meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries
You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
DEEP TISSUE RELEASE & SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPY
Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood
flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to
- accelerate recovery and
- shorten downtime / recovery period required
It also prevents
muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle
Done regularly, it will keeps your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence. Read the benefits of regular deep tissue release therapy here.
All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).
See our entire team here with introductions and their specializations.
At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough
assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to
help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.
Follow up sessions are inline to provide
expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific
exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term
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