Shoulder Instability

What is Shoulder Dislocation?

A dislocated shoulder occurs when the humerus separates from the scapula at the glenohumeral joint.

Dislocated Shoulder

Dislocated Shoulder

Normal Shoulder

Normal Shoulder

How is Shoulder Dislocation Diagnosed?

Diagnosis includes physical examination where there is a significant pain, which can sometimes be felt past the shoulder, along the arm. The person is unable to move the arm from its current position, there is associated numbness of the arm and a visibly displaced shoulder.

What are the Causes of Shoulder Dislocation?

A common cause is due to injury to the shoulder during a fall or a sports related injury. Other causes may include very lax or hyper mobile joints.

 

Lax Joint

Lax Joint

What are the Treatments for Shoulder Dislocation?

A procedure of closed reduction is usually done to return the shoulder to its normal position.

Closed Reduction to the Dislocated Shoulder

Closed Reduction to the Dislocated Shoulder

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