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Old 07-20-2012, 12:09 PM   #1
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Hi members of ESB! I recently dislocated my shoulder in my 4th fight :P and i thought it would be wise to post here and seek advice from other boxers whom had their shoulder face the same condition as mine.

I had seeked a Doctor, but his response given to me was very inadequate, therefore i decided to turn to ESB!

1. I dislocated my shoulder during the fight, but it relocated itself after about 15seconds ( don't ask me how! ) I continued fighting afterwards but it dislocated itself again and my coach threw the towel. Soon after, my shoulder popped itself back in again.

Does this mean the severity of the dislocation is reduced?

2. It has been about 5 days since the dislocation. I am now able to raise my arm almost completely, feeling only some pain. I can't extend my left arm if i try to shadow box. How should i know when my shoulder is ready for shadowboxing/bagwork/boxing again? I am afraid if i go back to soon before it fully recovers i might further worsen the injury.

3. What are some excerises that will help me rehab the shoulder and reduce the chance of another dislocation?

thank you so much!
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Old 07-20-2012, 12:12 PM   #2
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Go consult a physio, or at the very least a sports therapist.

This may seem like obvious advice, which you didn't want to hear as you know it will probably cost you. However going down that route will produce a much more satisfactory outcome than looking for random unqualified people on the internet to give you advice. Preferably look for a physio is highly recommended, rather than just one you've selected randomly/the cheapest.
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Old 07-20-2012, 03:12 PM   #3
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Go see a Good Osteopath, and Rest till you get the All Clear.
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:57 PM   #4
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I have suffered many shoulder dislocations in my time. It did happen a lot when training for boxing and that is the main reason I decided to stop the sport before I tore it up to the point of it being almost useless. I'm right handed and my left shoulder would sometimes pop out of joint if I missed a hard hook or got countered in the chest/left arm region when throwing a jab or hook. Mine too went back on its own for the most part, but there were a couple occasions I had to have it slammed back into place by my coach. That kept me from training for weeks at a time until it heeled as good as it could. Hurts like hell when it pops out, doesn't it!!

After the 4th or 5th dislocation I went to a Dr. and they took x-rays and said it was a congenital defect in my shoulder that caused it to be a bit looser than the right shoulder. This was many years ago before the advent of MRI's and CAT scans for a more definitive diagnosis.

The only way to ensure stability in my left shoulder was to operate, but I didn't have the funds or insurance for such a procedure.

I'd have it checked out by an Osteopath for a clearer picture of what you're facing. Not doing anything and having it dislocate more will only weaken the joint.

Perhaps when you heal and can use it you can try some weighted strength exercises to help build the muscles surrounding the shoulder to see if that helps.
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:59 PM   #5
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I dislocated my shoulder at school years ago, and like you it popped itself back in after about a minute (THANK GOD!!!). I was young so just got on with life, it still gives my a bit of pain every now and then, most likely because I didn't get any treatment. I'd advise to at least go see a physio and get their advice.
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:43 PM   #6
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thanks so much for the advice, really cleared my doubts. i shall consult an osteopath/physio
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:13 PM   #7
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I do get problems with my shoulders every two years but nothing like a dislocation. My friend that had many dislocations and I think he had major surgery indicated that many people are suspect for repeated dislocations. Apparently this shit is pretty painful. If I had this situation, I would probably find a different sport or maybe stick to chess or ping pong.
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Old 07-21-2012, 12:26 AM   #8
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I do get problems with my shoulders every two years but nothing like a dislocation. My friend that had many dislocations and I think he had major surgery indicated that many people are suspect for repeated dislocations. Apparently this shit is pretty painful. If I had this situation, I would probably find a different sport or maybe stick to chess or ping pong.
i tried to quit boxing before i dislocated my shoulder but it's really hard, somehow, some day you just feel like going back there and fight :( i really want to continue boxing
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Old 07-21-2012, 12:58 AM   #9
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Had this problem some years ago.......needed a surgery.
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Old 07-21-2012, 02:23 AM   #10
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Had this problem some years ago.......needed a surgery.
yikes...i searched arnd on google and most of the conclusions to a complete recovery came to a surgery...

and i hated to hear it..
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Old 07-21-2012, 05:11 AM   #11
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Osteopath? Why not just recommend a witch doctor.
Some people have shallow articulations and loose connective tissue around their shoulders.
I'd say rest until you have no pain, avoid stretching and then strengthen your shoulders/connective tissue with weight training.
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:18 AM   #12
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Osteopath? Why not just recommend a witch doctor.
Some people have shallow articulations and loose connective tissue around their shoulders.
I'd say rest until you have no pain, avoid stretching and then strengthen your shoulders/connective tissue with weight training.

True, I like many others used the wrong term in Osteopath. My post should have read Orthopedic Dr. to get checked out. They're the ones that specialize in bones, joints and related injuries, diseases and such. Go to the specialist and get it checked out.
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