Immobilization of the dislocated shoulder usually lasts about three weeks. If surgery is performed, this period of immobilization may last four to six weeks. This is followed by some range-of-motion exercises and isometric strengthening. After about 12 weeks, most people can return to participating in some sports on a limited basis. In most cases, the full recovery time for a shoulder dislocation is about 16 weeks, at which point a return to sports and other pre-injury activities should be possible.