Physical therapy for dislocated shoulder in Upper West Side, New York

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Meet with the best dislocated shoulder physical therapists in Upper West Side, New York

Upper West Side, New York, 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 Upper West Side, New York

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?

In the Upper West Side area, our therapists stand prepared to deliver in-home physical therapy sessions. Our commitment is to reach out to you in all neighborhoods we operate in, striving to maximize the convenience of your PT experience.

Is physical therapy covered by insurance?

Luna is partnered with numerous insurance plans, streamlining the benefits verification process for you. When you opt for Luna, your co-pay will consistently align with the specified amount in your insurance plan for PT clinic visits. We gladly accept all major insurances and Medicare.

Is there a waiting list for new patients?

No way! We're committed to ensuring a hassle-free start for patients in their physical therapy experience. New patients are always accommodated promptly, and in the majority of cases, their first at-home physical therapy session can be scheduled within 48 hours of signing up. Our therapists are available for appointments from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm, seven days a week. Check Availability.

Who are Luna’s physical therapists?

The therapists affiliated with Luna are seasoned practitioners, with a minimum of 3 years of experience, frequently with many more years of practice. Every therapist undergoes a meticulous interview and thorough background check. Our collaboration is exclusively with therapists who are devoted to offering exceptional care to their patients.

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