Shoulder Dislocation

Also known as: dislocated shoulder.

What is shoulder dislocation?

When the upper arm bone detaches from the shoulder blade at the socket where the two bones come together, this is known as a shoulder dislocation. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, and this dislocation occurs frequently.

What causes shoulder dislocation?

A shoulder dislocation is most frequently related to an accident or injury, although extreme rotation of the shoulder can also cause it to occur.

What are the symptoms of shoulder dislocation?

Shoulder dislocation can be partial, in which only part of the arm bone detaches from the shoulder socket, or completely. Severe pain, swelling, bruising, no movement of the shoulder or a visibly out-of-place shoulder are all potential symptoms.

How can shoulder dislocation affect children?

Children can experience a shoulder dislocation just like adults. Once a shoulder dislocation occurs, it is more likely to occur in the future.

What are shoulder dislocation treatments?

A shoulder dislocation can be corrected with a manual repositioning technique known as closed reduction or with surgery. Typically, immobilization and medication are needed before and after the procedures to help with healing and pain.

Rehabilitation is also often necessary to help the patient regain normal shoulder function.


Reviewed by: Craig Spurdle, MD

This page was last updated on: April 21, 2021 01:24 PM

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Dislocations

When a joint in the body is injured in such a way that the bones are forced out of position, this is known as a dislocation. Learn more

Reduction

Unlike surgical techniques, reduction involves manually manipulating the dislocating bone back into its socket to correct the dislocation. Learn more