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.
- 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.