A dislocated shoulder is an injury in which the upper arm bone pops out of the cup-shaped socket that’s part of the shoulder blade. The shoulder is the body’s most flexible joint, which makes it more likely to dislocate.
If you suspect a dislocated shoulder, seek prompt medical attention. Most people regain full use of their shoulder within a few weeks. However, once a shoulder dislocates, the joint might be prone to repeat dislocations.
There are 3 different types of shoulder dislocation:
1.Anterior (forward). The head of the arm bone (humerus) is moved forward, in front of the socket (glenoid). …
2.Posterior (behind). The head of the arm bone is moved behind and above the socket. …
-Dislocated shoulder symptoms can include:
A visibly deformed or out-of-place shoulder
Swelling or bruising
Inability to move the joint
Shoulder dislocation can also cause numbness, weakness or tingling near the injury, such as in the neck or down the arm. The muscles in the shoulder might spasm, which can increase the pain.
-Causes of a dislocated shoulder include:
Sports injuries.Â Shoulder dislocation is a common injury in contact sports, such as football and hockey. It’s also common in sports that might involve falls, such as downhill skiing, gymnastics and volleyball.
Trauma not related to sports.Â A hard blow to the shoulder during a motor vehicle accident can cause dislocation.
Falls.Â Landing awkwardly after a fall, such as from a ladder or from tripping on a loose rug, can dislocate a shoulder.
-To help prevent a dislocated shoulder:
Take careÂ to avoid falls and other shoulder injuries
Wear protective gearÂ when playing contact sports
Exercise regularly to maintain strength and flexibility in joints and muscles.