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How can I prevent my shoulders from slipping out of joint while I sleep?

Asked by Facade (22917points) July 11th, 2009

As some of you know, my body is a mess.
Today’s issue has to do with shoulders.
If I don’t keep certain muscles tense at all times, the joints slip around, especially my shoulders.
When I wake up from sleeping, I always have to rotate all my joints, including my shoulders, before standing to avoid injury.
Sometimes, I can’t get my shoulders back into socket.
It only happens every once in a while, but is there something I can do to prevent this in the first place?

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SirBailey's avatar

Duct tape?

Facade's avatar

hardy har har :P

Dog's avatar

I am really sorry you have to deal with this. While I have been researching since you posted it is difficult to find much useful information regarding loose joints. I did find this article
that discusses holistic approaches in a general way but I am afraid it will be of little use.

Facade's avatar

@Dog I’ll be sure to look at that. thanks :)

Darwin's avatar

Actually, you might look into the tape that the Olympic volleyball team was using this past year. My daughter has one shoulder that was dislocated during a basketball game and that pops out periodically, and that is what was recommended to her.

My family has a genetic trait for what we call “floppy people,” that is people with very loose joints. The official term is “joint hypermobility.” For those of us with a mild form what we have to do is build up the muscles around the joints in question so they can do the work the too-loose tendons can’t. For those with a severe form braces and wraps are needed. The rest of us opt for periodic bouts of physical therapy or remembering to do our “setting up” exercises every day.

There is surgery that can fix that sort of thing if it is bad enough, but that is expensive and it takes you about a year to get back to feeling okay. In addition, the surgery tends to make the tendons too tight, so you aren’t very flexible at all. Physical therapy can help, so you may want to talk to your doctor about it.

I might suggest that you play around with pillows to see if you can form a trough in which to sleep that will help keep your shoulders in joint.

nebule's avatar

I recently have had a lot of neck trouble and am stilling having… but I find that sleeping on my side only exacerbate the problem as i get all twisty… so I try to go to sleep on my back and…miraculously I find that I don’t move… all night (*or at least I don’t think I have moved – I have like a seventh sense that I haven’t shifted one bit…) so I tend to lie on my back…

although I’m still having neck trouble so I wouldn’t necessarily follow my advice :-)

Facade's avatar

@lynneblundell I’ve tried to sleep on my back, but I toss and turn throughout the night.
I hope your neck gets better

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