You don't have to be a gridiron giant or a demon on the diamond to experience one of the most common injuries athletes suffer — a dislocated shoulder. It can happen to anyone, in any one of three directions.
The shoulder joint has the largest range of motion in comparison to other body joints. The joint is unique in its extended reach and wide range of mobility. However, this range of motion can also allow the joint to experience shoulder injuries, such as a dislocation. Shoulder instability surgery can help.
A dislocated shoulder occurs when the humerus bone slips out of the shoulder socket. The bone can slip completely or partially, causing pain and discomfort.
A dislocated shoulder can occur while performing strenuous activity; many athletes dislocate their shoulder during a match or game. When the humerus bone detaches from its original position, patients can experience the following symptoms:
- Swelling at the shoulder joint
- A numbing sensation
- Weakness in the arm or shoulder
- Bruising or coloration around the shoulder
A dislocated shoulder can be dislocated in a forward, backward, or downward manner. Typically, dislocations occur when the humerus bone slips forward and down out of the socket; this usually occurs when the arm performs a throwing motion.
For most shoulder dislocations, a physician can “pop” the bone back into place.
However, if an individual has a history of dislocations, and their arm frequently moves out of socket, surgery may help. During a procedure, your surgeon can stabilize and reposition the arm bone. Dislocation surgery can prevent future stability problems and dislocations from occurring.
After a procedure, the arm may be placed in a sling to prevent movement. Recovery may depend on each individual. Within a few months after a procedure, patients can experience better mobility and maneuverability in the shoulder.
If you experience shoulder pain, give us a call, one of our shoulder experts can help!