Shoulder : Shoulder Dislocation

Dislocated Shoulder

The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in your body, thus it is susceptible to dislocation!

How does a shoulder dislocation occur?
A dislocation of the shoulder joint occurs when the arm bone separates from the shoulder joint, or the ball comes out of the socket.

-The most common type of shoulder dislocation is an anterior, or forward dislocation. It can be caused by a fall onto your outstretched hand or your shoulder.

-A posterior, or backward dislocation may occur as a result of a powerful direct blow to the front of your shoulder.


  • Sharp pain in your shoulder and upper arm that is made worse by movement.
  • Instability of the shoulder joint.
  • The sensation that your shoulder is out of place.

Potential Treatments

  • You should go to your healthcare provider’s office or the ER right away if your shoulder becomes dislocated.
  • Apply ice to help control swelling.
  • Your provider will reposition the head or ball of the joint back into the joint socket.
  • Your healthcare provider will place your shoulder and arm into a sling or shoulder immobilizer to keep you from moving your shoulder.
  • Your healthcare provider may recommend that you take an anti-inflammatory or additional pain medication.
  • In some cases, surgery may be needed to correctly reposition the shoulder or to tighten the ligaments that hold the joint together. Your healthcare provider will discuss options with you.

To make an appointment at any of our UHealth Sports Medicine locations, please call 305-689-5555, option 2 or use our online appointment request form.