How long does a dislocated shoulder or labral tear take to recover from?
If the shoulder comes out of the socket (dislocates), the ligaments and labrum will stretch or tear. In patients <25 years old, there is a 70-90% risk that the shoulder will dislocate again. In those over 40 years of age, the risk of more dislocations is uncommon. Everyone else is somewhere in between.
A labral tear, particularly one called a SLAP tear, can also occur from repetitive overuse. This occurs in people that perform a lot of overhead activities such as pitching, throwing, tennis, etc. Surgery to repair the ligaments and labrum is performed arthroscopically. Physical therapy closely supervised by an orthopedic shoulder surgeon is required and it can take up to 4-6 months to resume overhead sports.