• Have You Ever Dislocated A Joint? What Does It Mean To Have A Joint Dislocation?
  • Why Physiotherapy?
  • Will Physiotherapy Fix Your DIslocated Joint?
  • The Takeaway

Have You Ever Dislocated A Joint? What Does It Mean To Have A Joint Dislocation?

Joint dislocations, whether in your shoulder, leg, or finger, can be very painful. 1 Physiotherapy can help reduce pain and stiffness caused by scary experiences.

Do you know that physiotherapy is vital for your joint recovery after dislocation? But what exactly is physiotherapy, and why do you need it?

Why Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that focuses on restoring your function and movement and maximizing your physical potential after injury, illness, or disability. 3

The physiotherapy treatment also aims to prevent the recurrence of joint dislocation. Physiotherapy uses exercises, manual therapy, and education to help you heal and regain full function. 5

Why is this so crucial after a dislocation? Physiotherapy eliminates complications when a joint pops out of its socket. 

These complications are;  

  • Pain, 
  • Stiffness, 
  • Instability, 
  • Damage to surrounding tissues, such as muscles and blood vessels, 2

Will Physiotherapy Fix Your DIslocated Joint?

Yes and No. If you dislocate a joint during physical activity, a physiotherapist can relocate it. But surgery may be necessary for a dislocation caused by trauma. 2

Once your joint dislocation is fixed, you need physiotherapy to restore your full range of movement back. 4

Here are different ways a physiotherapist tackles various aspects of your recovery.

  • Pain Management: It is common to feel pain after a dislocation. Physiotherapists may use ultrasound, massage, or taping to reduce pain and make you feel more comfortable.
  • Regaining Movement: You may feel joint stiffness. With physiotherapy, you can get rid of stiffness and increase the free movement of your joints again. 
  • Joint Strengthening: Physiotherapists create tailored exercises to strengthen the muscles around your joint, boost stability, and prevent future dislocations. Think of it as creating a shield to keep your joint safe and sound.
  • Patient Education: Physical therapists will teach you how to have good posture, move your body correctly, and show you exercises you can do at home so your joint can be healthy. The idea is to help you take control of your health! 6

The Takeaway:

Physiotherapy is a thorough approach that helps you heal, regain movement, and prevent future dislocations. A physiotherapist ensures you have a healthy and pain-free joint. 



Kaple, G. S., Uttamchandani, S. R., & Phansopkar, P. (2022). Effect of Rehabilitation on Recurrent Shoulder Dislocation Post-Latarjet Procedure: A Case Report. Cureus, 14(12), e32804. https://doi.org/10.7759/cureus.32804

Liew, Z., Mazuquin, B., Ellard, D. R., Karasouli, E., Drew, S., Modi, C., … & Kearney, R. S. (2021). Development of a single-session physiotherapy and self-management intervention for the treatment of primary traumatic anterior shoulder dislocation for the ‘Acute Rehabilitation following Traumatic anterior shoulder dISlocAtioN (ARTISAN)’multicenter RCT. Physiotherapy, 113, 80-87.

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