With the shoulder as the body’s most mobile joint, it’s not uncommon for the shoulder to become dislocated.

INJURY
Dislocated Shoulder

ALSO KNOWN AS
Out-of-socket shoulder

ABOUT
With the shoulder as the body’s most mobile joint, it’s not uncommon for the shoulder to become dislocated. General signs of dislocation include numbness, swelling, weakness and bruising.

COMMON INJURY
Much like a throwing position, the upper arm bone moves forward and down, out of it’s joint. When shoulder dislocation happens repeatedly, this is known as shoulder instability.

DIAGNOSIS
Your SMGOA physician will examine your shoulder asking you to complete a variety of movement exercises. You will discuss your regular activity, activity at the time of the injury and other arm/shoulder injuries. Upon completion of the physical exam, x-rays or MRI may be considered.

NON SURGICAL TREATMENT
Most generally, the ball of the upper arm bone can be put back into the joint socket. Following this simple procedure, physical therapy and rest are recommended for a period of time to be determined by your SMGOA physician.

SURGICAL TREATMENT
Surgical treatment for a dislocated shoulder is rarely necessary.

Dislocated Shoulder
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