How to Treat Subluxation

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To treat subluxation of the shoulder, use a sling and an exercise ball to strengthen the shoulder muscles. Prevent further injury from subluxation with help from a physical therapist in this free video on physical therapy treatments.

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Hi, my name is Tricia Trinque, and I'm a physical therapist with Seebreeze Physical Therapy. And today, we going to be talking about how to treat subluxation of the shoulder. You'll need the following materials. We'll be starting with a sling as well as an exercise ball to strengthen. Following a subluxation of the shoulder, we want to make sure that we've allowed the area to heal by utilizing a sling so that the shoulder is stabilized in good position for prevention of further injury and healing. Once the injury has healed properly according to the physician, then we may begin some strengthening exercises to prevent further subluxation of the shoulder. Following subluxation of a shoulder, we do want to strengthen, utilizing isometric exercises, whereby our patient is gently pressing the exercise ball into the wall, utilizing her muscles but no moving the joint. She'll hold this position for a count of five, minimal motion is occurring, as she's utilizing isometric strengthening exercises. Repeat this exercise ten times. And now we'll be tuning to the side to demonstrate the next exercise. We're changing position by pressing the ball into the wall, so preventing strain and stress on the shoulder joint. Again she holds for a count of five seconds, releases and repeats ten times, and then repositions for the next exercise. In the next exercise, she gently presses back into the ball, again utilizing the muscles for an isometric contraction, for good strength of the shoulder following a subluxation. She holds for five seconds and repeats ten times. Again, my name is Tricia Trinque from Seabreeze Physical Therapy. These exercises are designed to help strengthen the shoulder following shoulder subluxation and should be cleared by your physician. Should they cause any discomfort, please contact your physician or physical therapist for further evaluation.


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