Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Depending on the severity of the injury, your family doctor or the emergency room physician may recommend that an orthopedic surgeon examine the injury.

What you can do

You may want to jot down the following:

  • Detailed descriptions of the symptoms and the precipitating event
  • Information about past medical problems
  • All medications and dietary supplements you take
  • Questions you want to ask the doctor

For a dislocated shoulder, some basic questions might include:

  • Is my shoulder dislocated?
  • What tests do I need?
  • What treatment approach do you recommend? Are there alternatives?
  • How long will it take for my shoulder to heal?
  • Will I have to stop participating in sports? For how long?
  • How can I protect myself from re-injuring my shoulder?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor might ask you questions, such as:

  • How did you injure your shoulder?
  • How severe is your pain?
  • What other symptoms do you have?
  • Can you move your arm?
  • Is your arm numb or tingling?
  • Have you dislocated your shoulder before?
  • What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
Aug. 16, 2014