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Once your displaced humerus is slipped back into its socket, your ability to move your shoulder probably will improve immediately, and the full range of motion should return fully within six to eight weeks if you faithfully follow an exercise program. Although most shoulder strength usually returns within three months, regaining full strength may take up to one year.

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