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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Why my right hand shoulder is dislocated and thin after a polio attack at the age of 50 years?

I was attacked polio in the right hand shoulder a the age of four. Now I am 50 years old. Now though I can write , eat with my right hand, but my right hand shoulder has been dislocated and I find the Shoulder area has become thin to a greater extent. I also feel pain some times. How I should be treated ? Where I should go for immediate medical treatment ? Is there any possibility for the Polio again ?
Wed, 3 Jan 2018
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madam if you had polio attack in right upperlimb in childhood shoulder girdle muscles and upperlimb muscles will be wasted, and that is cause of thinness which you noticed now.

all dislocations are emergencies, dislocation of shoulder means shoulder joint ball( humerus head ) has come out of socket ( glenoid). it will be very painful and probably you will not be in a position to write. neglected dislocations are seen.

where exactly do you feel the pain madam/sir,

once polio is affected it means your neurons have already been damaged. and it is the reason for wasting, there is no possibility for polio again.
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