About Dislocated Shoulders

What is a Dislocated Shoulder?

A dislocated shoulder is an injury in which the upper arm bone (humerus) pops out of the cup-shaped socket (glenoid fossa) that is attached to the shoulder blade (scapula). If a dislocated shoulder injury is suspected, quickly seek medical attention. Fortunately, most people will fully regain shoulder function within a few weeks. Nevertheless, once your shoulder has been dislocated, there is an increased risk that your joint may dislocate again.

Symptoms

The following may be symptoms you have or are currently experiencing:

  • Severe one-sided shoulder pain
  • Increased pain with movement
  • Shoulder is visibly deformed/out of place
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Shoulder tenderness
  • Arm weakness
  • Arm numbness
  • Lack of mobility

Common Causes

A dislocated shoulder is usually caused by a strong force that pulls the shoulder beyond the normal range of motion. Since the shoulder joint has the greatest range of motion of any other body joint, it is the most frequently dislocated joint. A dislocated shoulder can happen through a variety of ways such as:

Consequences

Immediately after a dislocating a shoulder, the pain can be excruciating and will persist until the shoulder is set back into place. If you depend on your shoulder for work, this can be a very debilitating injury, especially if you try to overcompensate with your other arm too much.

Treatment

The RICE method is usually useful in treating a replaced dislocated shoulder.

  • R – Rest
  • I – Ice
  • C – Compression
  • E – Elevation

In order to prevent your injury from worsening, a sling may be used until your shoulder dislocation has healed as much as necessary. Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin or acetaminophen, can also help with the pain and swelling. Once the pain starts to subside, you will then work on strengthening shoulder muscles by using a series of motion exercises; if necessary, physical and occupational therapy may also be of assistance.

However, a further evaluation may be required if your shoulder is still not healing correctly. At that point, a surgery consultation will be made to determine whether or not surgery should be an option for you.

Contact Us

If you are suffering from a dislocated shoulder due to an accident, contact the Law Offices of Michael Cordova at (602) 265-6700 or submit your information via the Case Evaluation From for a free and personal consultation.


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