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Dislocated Shoulder: Symptoms, Tests, And Treatments

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Dislocated Shoulder: Symptoms, Tests, and Treatments

Shoulder dislocations are painful and compromising injuries, but are not uncommon. A dislocated shoulder is often the result of a fall or injury that causes the top of the arm bone to dislocate from its socket. Dislocations of the shoulder may be partial or full, but both require the attention of a physician immediately in order to prevent further injury to the surrounding nerves and tissue.

Call us at (855) 690-0565 for further information about the services provided at West Medical. Our staff of medical professionals is well renown and equipped to handle your care from the onset of your injury, throughout your treatment, and on to your recovery. We have extensive experience handling shoulder dislocation injuries and possess the resources and skills to ensure that you receive the highest level of care.

Symptoms of a Dislocated Shoulder

  • Common causes of a dislocated shoulder are falls or a blow to the shoulder area, and injuries of this nature can be very painful and limit your mobility.
  • Common symptoms of a dislocated shoulder include:
  • Swelling, tenderness, and bruising in the shoulder area
  • Numbness or weakness in the affected area
  • Sometimes dislocations in the shoulder are also visually apparent

Tests for Shoulder Dislocation

Because attention is required from a medical professional should you suffer a shoulder dislocation, the physicians attending to your case will perform an examination and/or order an x-ray to determine the extent of your injury. If your doctor or an orthopedic specialist suspects that your injury may have compromised the surrounding shoulder area’s muscles, tissue, or nerves, he or she may order additional scans.

Treatments for a Dislocation of the Shoulder

If your shoulder dislocation requires no additional treatment other than readjustment back into position (called a “closed reduction”) then your doctor will perform this brief procedure to realign your upper arm bone into its proper shoulder socket. After your shoulder is returned to the correct alignment, most of the discomfort should immediately ease. Your doctor may provide a sling to wear for a couple of days to allow your shoulder some rest as it fully heals. A doctor may also recommend that you practice certain rehabilitative exercises in order to ensure that you regain full mobility and strength following your injury.

In severe dislocations, the surrounding nerves and tissue in the shoulder may suffer damage and might require additional treatment or surgical intervention by a specialist. This is uncommon with dislocations of the shoulder, but a doctor or specialist is best equipped to advise you of your treatment options.

The physicians at West Medical have a detailed history handling cases of shoulder dislocations and are well practiced in treating a wide range of injuries and ensuring efficient recoveries.

Contact us at (855) 690-0565 to make an appointment with one of our highly regarded and experienced doctors or specialists. Your health and comfort is our number one priority and West Medical possesses the most comprehensive resources and care to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.

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