Shoulder Dislocation

The shoulder Joint is the most mobile joint in the body and allows for arm to move in many directions.  Shoulder Dislocation is an injury in which your upper arm bone pops out of the socket that is part of the shoulder blade.  Many people often confuse Dislocated Shoulder and Separated Shoulder.

  • Dislocated Shoulder involves the bone popping out of its socket
  • Separated should is when a tear occurs to the ligaments that connect the collar bone to the shoulder blade.


  • Deformity
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Bruising
  • Pain in upper arm or shoulder that becomes worse with movement
  • Intense pain as soon as injury occurs
  • Tenderness in shoulder and collarbone

Risk Factors

  • Hard fall onto the shoulder
  • Forceful hitting lifting or throwing
  • Hit to outstretched arms
  • Common sports where Dislocated Shoulders occur
    • Football
    • Hockey
    • Rock climbing
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Skiing
    • Volleyball

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  • Closed Reduction this is a maneuver to help get the should bones back in place
  • Surgery- This is possible if the injury is reoccurring and if nerves or blood vessels are damaged
  • Immobilization- The doctor may recommend that you wear a sling or splint for several days
  • Rehabilitation- after treatment you will begin a program designed to restore strength and stability.
  • Try the New Artex SateTherapy Cooling Shoulder Wrap.  Freezes at 58°F which promotes faster healing and will never cause skin damage.


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