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Dislocated shoulder

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A shoulder dislocation occurs when the ball-shaped head of the upper arm bone (Humerus) is forced out of its socket​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​.

The injury is often seen in motor vehicle accidents and sports-related injuries. This injury will include fractures, torn tissue and stretching of muscles causing extreme pain. ​​


The treatment for a shoulder dislocation is referred to “reducing” or shifting the bone back into its socket. There are two ways to execute this maneuver.

  • Intravenous SedationIn most common cases the patient is given Intravenous (IV) anesthesia to help reduce pain and make the patient unconscious for a short time. While the patient is under sedation, the physician will manually put the dislocated shoulder back into position.
  • Local InjectionIn some cases your physician may opt to inject Novocain into the joint instead of putting the patient “under.” In this method the patient may be able to leave the care of the physician sooner as there is no additional time needed for traditional anesthetic to wear off.

Follow up

After a dislocated shoulder is replaced, there will need to be follow-up X-rays and examination to confirm there is no long-term damage and shoulder instability.

Preventive tip​

Strengthen wrists and arm, shoulder, neck and back muscles to help protect and decrease stress on your shoulders. Do stretching and range-of-motion exercises for your arms and shoulders. All of this can help prevent shoulder-related problems and injury.


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The Shoulder Quiz

A glenoid labral tear and a torn rotator cuff are just 2 common injuries that can go happen with your shoulders. Can you think of others? Find out how much you know about shoulders by taking this quiz.

1. The collarbone is part of the shoulder joint.
2. The shoulder is one of the most movable joints in your body.
3. A pain in and around the shoulder may mean your have a disease elsewhere in the body.
4. A shoulder is easy to dislocate.
5. Swelling and numbness are 2 symptoms of a dislocated shoulder.
6. A dislocated shoulder must be kept immobile for 3 months.
7. Jobs that require heavy lifting can lead to rotator cuff tears.

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