The shoulder is the most versatile joint as it can move in a multitude of directions. However, this joint becomes vulnerable due to the amount in which it’s used due to its versatility and can easily be dislocated.
When the shoulder is partially dislocated the upper arm bone can be found partially out of the socket known as glenoid. When the shoulder is completely dislocated, that upper arm bone is entirely out of the socket. Regardless of the type of dislocation, both can be painful and result in an unstable shoulder.
Symptoms: What To Look For
- Sometimes a dislocation may tear ligaments or tendons in the shoulder or damage nerves.
The shoulder joint can dislocate in a variety of directions like forward, backward, or downward. A common type of shoulder dislocation is when your shoulder slips forward (anterior instability) which means the upper arm bone moved forward and out of its socket and if often a result of the shoulder being used to throw an object.
Following a dislocation, spasms may occur which can increase pain and make the shoulder unstable.
If a dislocation is suspected, seeking medical care is highly suggested as an X-ray will need to be ordered. If the shoulder has been dislocated previously, share that information with your doctor as that will help with the treatment.
Course of Treatment
As the shoulder functions within the socket, it will need to be placed back into the socket. The doctor will take the upper arm bone and place it back into the socket and this process is called a closed reduction. Upon this procedure, the extreme pain is often reported to diminish right away.