Dislocated Shoulder

What is a Dislocated Shoulder?

A dislocated shoulder is a type of shoulder injury where the upper arm bone pops out of the shoulder blade's socket.

Get Help from a Professional When You or a Loved One Have a Dislocated Shoulder

Trying to move a dislocated shoulder back in to place by yourself can be very dangerous. Trying to move a dislocated shoulder back in to place by yourself risks damage or tearing of muscles, tendons, nerves or blood vessels. Damage from improperly moving a dislocated shoulder back in to place may require shoulder surgery.

Because of the serious risks associated with a dislocated shoulder, it's important to seek immediate medical attention. SOS PLUS offers immediate orthopedic care.

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Dislocated Shoulder Causes

Due to the flexible nature of the shoulder, there are a wide range of dislocated shoulder causes. This is because there are many different types of shoulder dislocations, such as a forward dislocated shoulder, backward dislocated shoulder, downward dislocated shoulder or a completely or partially dislocated shoulder.

Dislocated shoulder causes include, but are not limited to:

  • A strong impact to the shoulder
  • Extreme rotation of the shoulder joint
  • Sports injuries, especially in contact sports or sports that involve falling
  • Traffic accidents
  • Falling

Dislocated Shoulder Symptoms

There are several common dislocated shoulder symptoms, including, but not limited to:

  • The shoulder being visibly deformed or out-of-place
  • Shoulder swelling
  • Shoulder bruising
  • Shoulder numbness
  • Shoulder weakness
  • Tingling near the injury
  • Intense shoulder pain
  • Not being able to move the shoulder joint

A dislocated shoulder can risk further, serious injury. Because of this, it's important to get immediate medical care if you or a loved one experience shoulder pain that may be associated with dislocated shoulder symptoms.

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Dislocated Shoulder Diagnosis

An SOS shoulder specialist has the experience and specialized medical knowledge necessary to make a dislocated shoulder diagnosis. There are many methods for obtaining a dislocated shoulder diagnosis, including, but not necessarily limited to:

  • Physical examination from a shoulder doctor to identify tenderness, swelling or deformity,
    An X-Ray.
  • Dislocated Shoulder Treatment Can Be Essential for Relieving Associated Shoulder Pain.

The team of SOS shoulder specialists are experienced in providing dislocated shoulder treatments. The best dislocated shoulder treatment varies from patient to patient. Common dislocated shoulder treatments include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Closed reduction
  • Immobilization with a splint or sling
  • Medication
  • Rehabilitation
  • Shoulder surgery, when necessary

For immediate dislocated shoulder treatment, get directions to your nearest SOS PLUS location.

If shoulder pain persists after the dislocated shoulder has been moved back in to place, an SOS shoulder specialist can develop a personalized care plan to relieve shoulder pain.

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