Physical therapy in Boston, Massachusetts for dislocated shoulder

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Meet with the best dislocated shoulder physical therapists in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts, Luna has physical therapists with years of experience treating patients with dislocated shoulders. Our PTs will design physical therapy programs that will restore strength and motion to the shoulder joint.

Best of all, with Luna, patients can receive physical therapy in the comfort of their homes. Our physical therapists come to you — it’s physical therapy, delivered.

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What is a dislocated shoulder?

Because the shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body, it’s highly susceptible to dislocation. When the shoulder is dislocated, the upper arm bone (humerus) pops out of its cup-shaped socket (glenoid). A dislocated shoulder is visibly deformed or out-of-place, so a patient will usually recognize that their shoulder is dislocated as soon as the injury occurs.

Dislocated shoulders can be either complete or partial. A partial dislocation, called a subluxation, occurs when the top of the humerus only partially comes out of its socket. A complete dislocation means that the head of the humerus is completely removed from the socket. Both are highly painful.

After the shoulder is dislocated, patients should not attempt to force the arm bone back into place. This can damage the joint, as well as the muscles, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels that surround it, causing further injury. Instead, patients should ice the injured shoulder until they receive medical attention. After receiving treatment, most patients will need to undergo a physical therapy program to restore full range of motion.

Source: Mayo Clinic

Dislocated shoulder symptoms

The most telling symptoms of a dislocated shoulder are pain and visible shoulder deformity. If the shoulder appears to be a different shape after a patient is injured or applies excessive force to the shoulder joint, it’s likely that the shoulder was dislocated.

A dislocation can be forward, backward, or downward. Patients are likely to experience numbness, swelling, weakness, and bruising regardless of the type of shoulder dislocation. In some cases, patients may tear ligaments in the shoulder, damage nerves, or experience spasms in the neck.

The most common symptoms of a dislocated shoulder include:

  • Deformity
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Weakness
  • Numbness

Source: Ortho Info

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What causes a dislocated shoulder?

The most common causes of dislocated shoulders are sports injuries, accidents, falling, and seizures, which can cause the humerus to pull out of the socket. Dislocated shoulders are almost always a result of physical trauma; they do not occur simply due to overuse of the shoulder joint.

The two populations that are at greatest risk of dislocating a shoulder are young men and elderly women. That’s because young men are likely to be involved in sports and other physical activities, while elderly women tend to have more brittle bones and are more likely to fall.

The most common causes of a dislocated shoulder include:

  • Sports injuries
  • FallingSeizures
  • Seizures
  • Contact injuries
Source: Medline Plus

Physical therapy for dislocated shoulder in Boston, Massachusetts

Most patients will need to keep their arm in a sling after the shoulder has been put back into place, however it is typically recommended that patients immediately begin physical therapy exercises to ensure the shoulder won’t freeze due to immobility.

Physical therapy for a dislocated shoulder will focus on relieving pain, restoring range of motion, increasing strength, and improving posture. Common strategies include icing, passive motion work, electrical stimulation, gentle exercises, and postural training.

Source: Very Well Health
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Frequently asked questions

Where are Luna therapists seeing patients?

Your neighborhood in the Boston area is within our reach for in-home physical therapy sessions. Wherever you reside, we strive to bring physical therapy to your doorstep, making the PT experience as convenient as possible.

Is physical therapy covered by insurance?

Luna collaborates with many insurance plans, making the benefits verification process a breeze. When you select Luna, your co-pay will consistently match the exact amount specified in your insurance plan for visiting a PT clinic. We accept all major insurances and Medicare.

Is there a waiting list for new patients?

Not at all—we believe in simplifying the process for patients to kickstart their physical therapy. Welcoming new patients is a key aspect of our service, and for the majority, their first at-home physical therapy appointment can be scheduled within 48 hours of signing up. Our therapists maintain a flexible schedule, operating from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm, seven days a week. Check Availability.

Who are Luna’s physical therapists?

Luna's therapists possess extensive experience, with a minimum of 3 years in practice, often with additional years of practice. Every therapist undergoes a comprehensive interview and thorough background check. We select therapists who are deeply committed to providing superior care to their patients.

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