A dislocated shoulder occurs when an individual’s arm pops out of its socket. Since a person’s arm is extremely mobile and flexible enough to move in many directions, this makes the shoulder one of the easiest joints to dislocate because the ball joint of the upper arm sits in a very shallow socket.
The recovery time for a dislocated shoulder after it has been placed back in place ranges from 12 to 16 weeks.
The following are some of the common symptoms of a dislocated shoulder:
An individual should see the doctor immediately if his/her shoulder is dislocated from the joint. One should observe the following as he/she waits to see the doctor:
During the diagnosis, the doctor will ask about:
In most cases, the doctor may recommend an X-ray to get more details of the patient’s injury. Any other damage to the shoulder joint or any shattered bones, which are common with dislocations, will be visible on an X-ray.
Usually, an X-ray is done to check whether the patient broke any bones and to confirm the dislocation. In case of a fracture, more scans will be recommended to investigate the area in more detail.
Reduction is a procedure that entails gently manipulating the patient’s arm back into its joint. The patient will be given painkillers as well as sedatives to help him/her relax.
Reduction is usually performed in the emergency room, but occasionally the orthopedic team will perform it in the operating room.
Repairing tears in the shoulder tissues
Since some people tear ligaments, tendons, and other tissues when they dislocate their shoulder, surgery may be necessary to repair them.
Shoulder surgery repair is done under general anesthesia. Keyhole surgery is frequently used, which includes small cuts (incisions) and an arthroscope, a narrow tube with a light, and a camera at one end.
Physical rehabilitation will help one increase his/her range of motion and regain strength with the aid of physical therapy. Rehabilitation is typically a guided exercise at a physical therapy center.