The thought alone of a dislocated shoulder may be enough to make you cry (or at the very least cringe). If you’ve ever experienced this type of injury in the past, you know you don’t want to go through it again.

Depending on your profession, you may put a lot of strain on your shoulders throughout the day. Furthermore, the potential for a fall or blunt force trauma also increases the likelihood of this injury.

Here’s one thing you need to know: A dislocated shoulder should be treated as soon as possible. You don’t want to wait around, as this can lead to additional trouble. Instead, you’ll want to consult with a doctor who can move the arm back into the shoulder socket.

Even though this manipulation can be painful, once the arm bone is back in place some of the pain will subside.

From there, treatment of a dislocated shoulder typically includes:

  • The use of ice several times per day to reduce pain and swelling
  • The use of a sling to ensure that you don’t cause additional damage
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medication
  • Strength and stretching exercises to regain full control

Depending on the severity, your age and a variety of other factors, you may find that a dislocated shoulder keeps you on the shelf for an extended period of time.

If you’re unable to immediately return to work, consider if you’re in position to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. The money you receive will help pay for medical treatment, while also giving you peace of mind during your recovery.

If, for any reason, you receive a workers’ compensation denial letter, find out what went wrong so you can take action. For example, you may need to provide additional information on your injury and treatment. Filing an appeal is not something you’ll look forward to, as you’re already dealing with an injury, but it may be a step you have to take.