A study recent study (Jakobsen et al, 2007) that compared the long term results following surgical and conservative treatment strategies for primary shoulder dislocations found that surgical repair produced better results, with better long term prognosis.
According to the results of the study after 2 years, about 56% of the dislocated shoulder patients had recurrence following conservative management. Only 3% of those who underwent surgical correction experienced a recurrence.
The best treatment for dislocated shoulder will depend on the nature of the dislocation and other pateint specific factors, but it is worth noting the impressive results that shoulder surgery achieved in this study.
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