Dislocated Shoulder emergency and future concerns.


Q: To doctor:

Truly and most honest, my name is Ricardo. I am currently of 15 years. And I seem to have a predicament in hand as you might be able to tell by the title of my concerned message. I've been training Tae Kwon Do for a very long time. I began training at age 8. And from then on, I've engaged in multiple street fights, as well as competitions. Fortunately, for myself. I've never gotten severely injured. However, just a month ago perhaps as I calculate? I engaged in a minor fight in my gym, against a 34 year old. The outcome of the fight was quite well actually, but by every misfortune, In the last few seconds of the fight (We were timed of course.) He had tried kicking at my face, but I successfully blocked it. However, down-side of it was, I had blocked with my elbow, and I had placed it in an awkward position where his kick rested.. I had experienced an odd sensation in my shoulder, as if my shoulder had popped off from its original position. My coach stopped the fight, and I went to my dad, and he just touched my shoulder, and suddenly it had popped back in again miraculously ! Afterwards, my shoulder felt normal. But, I did go to the doctor of course. And they took x-rays, to take a look, and observe my shoulder. He said it was quite fine. And that it had not been dislocated. Which I didn't quite believe, Because I actually felt it pop from it's spot. Anyways, he advised me to rest from Tae Kwon Do, for about a month for rehabilitation. Which I did, but also. My father had told me that to maintain the full range of movement he advised me as well to still exercise my shoulder as gently and slowly as possible, which I found reasonable, because If you keep your arm in just one position, I believe it might be worse? Anyhow, I'm clearly no doctor, but I did exercise as gentle as possible and in about a month I was as good as new! My training began once more after some time. But unfortunately, while wrestling, NOW, my left shoulder had popped off. So, before was my right. And months later my left. Good grief ! You might just picture the frustration I had at the moment. Anyways, I popped it back into place, but oddly, My rehabilitation time was less. I had recovered from my injury quicker. And so, then again, my MOST recent injury occurred... My right shoulder once more was dislocated. This was, I believe, the most painful experience.. I felt it completely off its position. I spent with the pain for about 4 minutes. I had torn my shirt with my other hand, and noticed the most common sight of a dislocation, the shoulder was dropped completely, and so my... Acromion I believe? Was sticking out. And their was a void beneath it... I believe you've seen a dislocated shoulder before so you might now. But anyhow, my determination to get it back in was so much, with 3 turns of my shoulder, I had placed it in again. Thank God, primarily. And well, my rehabilitation for this recent injury was incredibly short! 2 weeks, and I was already throwing punches and kicks. I don't know if it's normal, but I do believe I recover fairly fast. Which I'm very happy. As for my joints, and injury. I've been eating lots of gelatin, since I hear it can help to strengthen cartilage, and perhaps reunite the tissue that I ripped from the dislocation,I've been increasing my shoulder muscle, with exercises to gain muscle mass there. Strength as well as resistance, since I also practice boxing. And I have to say that, I've been doing pretty good. However, I am concerned of my injury, because I've heard that If your shoulder gets dislocated once or twice, it is bound to become dislocated once more, again and again. So, I've taken my precautions, and exercising. With an idea and hope, that the tissue that I ripped might once again, Be united and strengthen like it was before my injury? Or is it just a mere illusion..? Like i said, I am 15. So I more or less believe that since I am still growing, my bones and tissues might regain strength and have a stronger bond. My father and mother believe this. And with full faith put upon God, I would like to believe the same! But mostly, I want to know if this injury will basically, Haunt me throughout my fighting career? I would really like for you to take my question and my request into fair consideration. I would truly appreciate if you can inform me and give me the news about what can I do, and if so, it's possible for my shoulder to regain its fortitude and strength like it used to have? And well, that's all Doctor. I sure hope you might respond.

Yours, truly.


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