The ball of the joint pushes out in front of the shoulder socket in the majority of cases with dislocated shoulders. This is generally noticeable since you will be unable to move your arm and will be in excruciating agony. An ambulance must be called for emergency transportation to the hospital.
You should try to relocate your shoulder. Lie on your back with your arms at your side. Have a friend help you lift your upper body so that you are sitting up but remain lying down. Now try to lift one arm over your head. If it feels like it can go further, then it hasn't been completely dislocated. If not, then it needs to be put back into place.
If you have difficulty locating your shoulder, there are several options available for treatment. Your doctor may recommend pain killers and/or rest to allow the shoulder to heal on its own. In more severe cases, he or she may suggest surgery to repair the damage and relieve your pain permanently.
Doctors usually re-attach or realign torn ligaments during surgery. They may also remove any material found inside the shoulder joint that caused the injury. Recovery time varies depending on the type of surgery performed but most patients are able to return to normal activities after about six weeks.
This article only covered the basic information about dislocations.
A dislocated shoulder is a frequent injury, but it should not be underestimated. It is vital to see a doctor to pop the shoulder back into place and assess the degree of the injury, since major damage to the tissue around the joint may occur and must be treated right away. However, with proper care and treatment, most people are able to use their arm again within a few weeks.
When the shoulder dislocates, first aid consists of stopping the movement that caused the dislocation and reducing the shoulder back into place. This can be done by laying the patient down with his or her arm above their head and pulling up on the neck, back, and ears to reduce the shoulder. A physician can also do this procedure using traction equipment. If you don't have access to a doctor, then someone who does can still help by applying pressure to the wound in order to stop any bleeding and keep the area clean while waiting for medical help to arrive.
Once the shoulder has been reduced, an ice pack can be used to reduce swelling and pain, and allow time for the bone to heal properly. A sling can also be used to support the weight of the arm while healing takes place. Medication may be prescribed by the doctor to reduce pain and inflammation during this time.
If you continue to experience pain after the initial injury has healed, then this means that you need to see a doctor again.
A dislocated shoulder is excruciatingly painful. It is quite difficult to move your arm. Swelling and bruises on your shoulder are also possible. In most cases, the pain occurs when you raise your arm above your head. This can be due to damage or instability in the joint itself. The ball of your bone may have become detached from its socket.
The severity of pain depends on how long it has been since your shoulder was put back into place. If you have not received medical attention within 24 hours, then the pain will be very severe. However, if you were seen by a doctor immediately after the accident, then the pain should be less intense.
Dislocations are usually caused by a heavy object falling on your shoulder or an auto accident where your body was propelled forward and landed on its arm. Other causes include being punched or kicked in the area of your shoulder. Finally, injuries to the neck or head may cause the shoulders to swing outwards and displace their bones.
The pain of a dislocated shoulder is extremely severe. You should try to relocate your shoulder as soon as possible after the injury has occurred. Don't try to force it back into place or you could make the situation worse.
You have most certainly damaged (stretched or torn) part of the shoulder joint's muscles, tendons (tissues that connect muscle to bone), or ligaments (tissues that connect bone to bone). All of these tissues work together to hold your arm in place. You will need medical help right away if you are experiencing severe pain after a fall and cannot locate your arm.
The shoulder girdle includes four bones: the collarbone, the clavicle (or breastbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone). The ball and socket structure of the shoulder joint allows for a wide range of movement. The glenohumeral joint is formed by the head of the humerus fitting into a cavity within the body of the scapula. There are many different muscles that control the movement of the shoulder. If you have a dislocated shoulder, these muscles will not be able to perform their function properly.
Dislocations can be divided into two categories: acute and chronic. With an acute dislocation, the patient experiences sudden severe pain and finds it difficult to move the injured arm. An x-ray may be taken to rule out other injuries such as fractures. Treatment for an acute dislocation involves reducing the joint back into its proper position and keeping it there until the injury has healed.
What to Do If You Have a Dislocated Shoulder If you believe you have dislocated your shoulder, go to the local accident and emergency (A&E) facility as soon as possible. You should not try to put your arm back in by yourself because you risk damaging the tissues, nerves, and blood vessels around the shoulder joint. A health professional who is trained in the care of injured people will be able to give you appropriate advice about what to do.
If you cannot get to an A&E facility right away, then place ice packs on your shoulders for 20 minutes at a time several times per hour until you reach the right facility. Do not use a bag of frozen peas because they may expand when heated and force the shoulder back into its socket.
In addition to ice packs, some facilities have ultrasound machines that can help reduce pain and swelling from dislocations. However, this service is not available at all hospitals, so check with your provider before heading to the hospital.
The doctor will examine your shoulder to determine how serious it is and advise you on the next steps involved in your recovery process. If there are any problems with your neck or back, then your physician may want to see you again after you've had a chance to recover from your injury.