Shoulder Dislocation – Posterior or Anterior Fracture



If you have dislocated your shoulder, you will have no movement in the shoulder joint, you will not be able to carry anything or bear weight on the injured arm, you may see visible deformity of the shoulder joint, the shoulder will swell, with bruising and tenderness forming. You may have numbness, weakness or tingling in the neck or arm and muscle spasms around the injury.

How it occurs

A dislocated shoulder often occurs after a forceful blow to the shoulder. Following dislocation, it is important that the joint is relocated as soon as possible.


Your physiotherapist will advise you on the stability of the soft tissues and they may be able to begin a shoulder treatment. Injuries to the soft tissues need to be carefully approached and it’s likely we’ll recommend rest and rehabilitation.

After the initial consultation, we’ll look to increase your range of motion. Once the motion has increased we’ll start  regaining  stability of the important cuff muscles and strengthening the larger shoulder muscles such as the deltoid.

Meet Anthony


Anthony graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) before enrolling into the Doctor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. Anthony has a strong interest in upper limb rehabilitation and seeks to help patients get back to doing what is important to them. He particularly enjoys fabricating splints, understanding the anatomy of upper limb injuries and developing tailored strength and conditioning programs for patients.

Book a senior therapist consultation

Ben, our senior therapist, will offer advice on any management strategies you may need. Please note, if you request ongoing care, you will only have to pay our current rates. We do not charge Worksafe and TAC clients for any consultations.

Call 1300 76227to book an appointment or Click Here to book.

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