Dislocated Shoulder | Houston TX
Playing more overhead sports activities and repeated use of shoulder at workplace may lead to sliding of the upper arm bone, the ball portion, from the glenoid-the socket portion of the shoulder, resulting in a dislocated shoulder. The dislocation might be a partial dislocation (subluxation) or a complete dislocation, causing pain and shoulder joint instability. A shoulder joint often dislocates in the forward direction (anterior instability) and it may also dislocate in backward or downward direction.
Most common symptoms of a dislocated shoulder are pain and shoulder joint instability. Other symptoms such as swelling, numbness and bruising may occur. At times, a dislocated shoulder may cause tear in the ligaments or tendons of the shoulder and nerve damage. Your doctor will examine your shoulder and may order an X-ray to confirm the diagnosis.
A dislocated shoulder is treated by a process called closed reduction which involves placing the ball of the upper arm back into the socket. Following this, the shoulder will be immobilized using a sling for several weeks. Ice may be applied over the area for 3-4 times a day. Rehabilitation exercises may be started to restore range of motion, once the pain and swelling decrease.
If you have suffered a dislocated shoulder in Houston TX or nearby areas, call Dr. Adickes today.