Knowing the Signs of a Dislocated Shoulder

The shoulder is the most mobile joint in your body, which means it’s more likely to suffer a dislocation. When your upper arm bone pops out of its cup-shaped socket, it can be extremely painful. What’s more, once your shoulder dislocates once, it’s more prone to future dislocations. And when you dislocate your shoulder, you run the risk of damaging its surrounding areas. You may suffer nerve or vessel damage, as well as tear the muscles, ligaments and tendons that support your shoulder joint.

The three most common causes for a dislocated shoulder are due to the following:

  1. Sports injuries. Contact sports like hockey and football are a prime culprit for shoulder dislocation. Other sports where a dislocation is more common due to falls are volleyball, gymnastics and downhill skiing.
  2. Shoulder trauma. When your shoulder experiences a hard blow of any kind, like in a car accident, it’s more likely to dislocate.
  3. Falls. If you land on your shoulder during a fall, you put yourself at greater risk of dislocating your shoulder.

Signs and Symptoms of Dislocated Shoulder
If you notice any of the following, you may have a dislocated shoulder:

–          A deformed appearance in our shoulder area

–          Bruising and swelling

–          Joint immobility

–          Extreme pain

–          Numbness, weakness and tingling at and around the injury site

–          Muscle spasms that may increase your pain

Treating a Dislocated Shoulder
If you suspect your shoulder is dislocated, it’s important that you seek medical help right away. In the meantime:

–          Stabilize the joint. Do not attempt to force the shoulder back into place, as this can cause further damage. Instead, use a splint or sling to keep the shoulder in its current position.

–          Ice it. To help reduce swelling and pain, apply ice to your shoulder, which will help control internal bleeding and minimize the increase of fluids in the joint area.

If you are interested in learning more about how to maintain healthy bones and joints, contact Dr. Desio today.  Our offices are located in Worcester, Massachusetts, and we proudly serve all surrounding areas.  Schedule your appointment today at 508.363.6363.

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