Whether it is a sports injury or an unfortunate accident, it is useful to understand what happens in the body when a shoulder becomes dislocated and how you can help speed up the recovery process.
4 Things You Need to Know about a Dislocated Shoulder
- Dislocation is different from separation - When a shoulder is dislocated, the upper arm bone (humerus) becomes separated from the shoulder blade (scapula) and pops out of the socket. In contrast, a shoulder separation occurs when the ligaments that connect the scapula and the clavicle are damaged.
- Shoulder dislocation is a serious injury - If not treated properly, a dislocated shoulder can result in future dislocations, a frozen shoulder, and other joint complications in the future. Some dislocations may also result in bone fractures, muscle tears, or nerve or blood vessel damage. Only a trained medical professional can properly diagnose these potential complications, which is one reason it is so important to quickly see a doctor if a dislocated shoulder injury is suspected.
- Symptoms may vary - If you experienced a sports trauma or other event that might have resulted in a shoulder dislocation, there are some common signs. Significant pain is almost always an unfortunate symptom, along with the inability to move the arm and numbness. In many cases, the shoulder will actually be visibly dislocated.
- The faster you treat it, the faster you recover - When treated properly, a dislocated shoulder often fully recovers and full range of motion is restored. In addition to prompt medical attention and a careful return to activity, the healing process can be accelerated with cryotherapy and compression to help reduce inflammation and protect healthy tissue.
If you are concerned that you might have a dislocated shoulder injury, seek medical attention immediately so you can start recovering as soon as possible.
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