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Shoulder Dislocation Treatment

The shoulder joint is designed to give your arms a wide range of motion, more than any other joint. To allow your arm to rotate, the head of the humerus swivels within the socket. Due to this design, the shoulder joint is vulnerable to partial or complete dislocation. Dr. Jonathan Glashow is your source in New York City for shoulder dislocation treatment.

Causes and Symptoms of Shoulder Dislocation

A shoulder dislocation can occur when the head of the humerus is forced outside of the socket of the shoulder. The humeral head can slip out in a forward, downward or backward motion. A partial shoulder dislocation, or subluxation, occurs when only part of the humerus moves out of the socket, versus a complete dislocation. Shoulder dislocations can occur from impact from a fall, auto accident or playing contact sports or when performing a throwing motion. Symptoms include:

  • Intense pain
  • Swelling
  • Visible deformity
  • Bruising
  • Weakness and loss of function

Shoulder dislocation treatment usually involves a closed reduction, moving the humeral head back into the shoulder socket. The shoulder joint must be immobilized to allow the tissues to heal and the swelling to go down. Rehabilitation with physical therapy can strengthen the tissues and help restore function.

In severe shoulder dislocations, the bones, ligaments and tendons can be damaged. If there is permanent damage to the bones, tendons or ligaments, recurrent dislocations can occur. Surgery may be needed to repair bones or tissue if the shoulder joint is unstable.

If you have suffered a shoulder dislocation, contact the top-rated orthopedic team at Jonathan Glashow, MD, Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine for a same day appointment, consultation and treatment. We offer shoulder dislocation treatment to restore function and speed up recovery at our clinic in Upper East Side NYC.

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