Advanced Shoulder Dislocation Treatment

Experiencing chronic pain, stiffness, and movement issues around your shoulder? It can be an indication of shoulder dislocation. Get in touch with us to book a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon for comprehensive shoulder dislocation treatment.

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Shoulder dislocation occurs when the upper arm bone (humerus) slips out of its socket (glenoid) in the shoulder blade (scapula). This can cause significant pain, limited movement, and instability in the shoulder joint. Treatment options for shoulder dislocation depend on various factors, including the severity of the dislocation, the frequency of occurrences, and the individual’s overall health. Here’s an overview of shoulder dislocation treatment, including surgery, non-surgical options, and potential causes:

Causes: Shoulder dislocations can be caused by traumatic injuries, such as:

  1. Direct Impact: A fall onto an outstretched arm or a direct blow to the shoulder can forcefully push the humerus out of the glenoid socket.
  2. Extreme Rotation: Violent twisting or rotation of the arm can lead to a dislocation, especially when the arm is in an extended or abducted position.

Treatment Options: The treatment of a shoulder dislocation depends on several factors, including the type of dislocation (anterior, posterior, or inferior), the presence of associated injuries, and the individual’s age and activity level.

Non-Surgical Treatment: For a first-time, uncomplicated dislocation, non-surgical treatment options may be considered:

  1. Closed Reduction: This involves manually moving the humerus back into its socket. After reduction, the shoulder is typically immobilized with a sling or brace to allow healing and prevent further dislocation.
  2. Physical Therapy: Once the initial pain and swelling have subsided, physical therapy is often prescribed to restore shoulder strength, stability, and range of motion.

Surgical Treatment: In some cases, especially when the dislocation is recurrent or associated with significant damage to the surrounding structures, surgical intervention may be necessary:

  1. Bankart Repair: This surgery involves repairing or reattaching the torn labrum (a ring of cartilage around the glenoid) to the bone. It is often performed arthroscopically.
  2. Latarjet Procedure: In this surgery, a piece of bone is taken from another part of the shoulder blade and attached to the front of the glenoid to stabilize the joint.
  3. Capsular Shift: This procedure involves tightening the joint capsule to provide more stability to the shoulder.

Recovery: Recovery times after a shoulder dislocation and its treatment can vary depending on the severity of the dislocation, the chosen treatment approach, and the individual’s healing process. Rehabilitation and physical therapy are crucial components of recovery, helping to restore strength, range of motion, and joint stability.

Preventing future dislocations often involves maintaining shoulder strength, flexibility, and practicing proper techniques during physical activities.

It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional, such as an orthopedic surgeon or sports medicine specialist, if you experience a shoulder dislocation. They can assess your condition, determine the appropriate treatment approach, and guide you through the recovery process to optimize shoulder function and minimize the risk of future dislocations.

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