Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint. Muscles and tendons keep the ball on the upper arm bone (humerus) in the socket on the shoulder blade (scapula). When a shoulder dislocation occurs, the pain can be significant, and you should seek treatment immediately. TriHealth Orthopedic & Sports Institute and Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine have assembled a team of nationally renowned surgeons and specialists who offer advanced treatment for a shoulder dislocation.
Shoulder dislocation is the ball partially or fully popping out of the socket. Depending on the injury, you may have muscle or tendon tears or nerve damage. A dislocated shoulder often involves a tear in the labrum, the cartilage around the socket that helps seal it, like a rubber gasket or rim. Shoulder dislocation can be associated with rotator cuff tearing as well, especially in older patients.
The main cause of shoulder dislocation is trauma, a severe sudden injury that can pull the shoulder out of socket, from:
For partial and full dislocations, the primary symptom is sudden severe pain. Other symptoms may include:
Treatment depends on whether you have had one or multiple shoulder dislocations.
Risk factors for shoulder dislocation depend on age and activities.
Although trauma is hard to prevent, you can take steps to minimize your risk of shoulder dislocation by:
To learn more about shoulder dislocation services or make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist: Call TriHealth at 513 246 2300 or our orthopedic partner, Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, at 513 354 3700.