A dislocated shoulder is an injury in which your upper arm bone pops out of the U-shaped socket that’s part of your shoulder blade. A dislocated shoulder is a more extensive injury than a separated shoulder, which includes damage to ligaments of the joint where the top of your shoulder blade connects with the end of your collarbone. The majority of people regain full shoulder function and mobility within a few weeks after having a dislocated shoulder. But once you’ve had a dislocated shoulder, your joint may become unstable and be more likely to have more dislocations in the future.
At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions and have been helping patients with shoulder dislocations and educating patients about its symptoms and conditions. We combine physical therapy, chiropractic care, and medical procedures for best results and recovery all under one roof. We offer many holistic treatments that can help you with your shoulder dislocation and gain symptom relief.
Causes of a Shoulder Dislocation
The shoulder joint is the most commonly dislocated joint of the body. Because it can shift in numerous directions, your shoulder can dislocate forward, backward or downward, completely or partially. Also, fibrous tissue that joins the bones of your shoulder, known as ligaments, can be stretched or torn, often making the dislocations worse.
When your shoulder dislocates, a strong impact, such as a quick blow to your shoulder, pulls the bones in your shoulder out of place. Excessive rotation of your shoulder joint can pop the ball of your upper arm bone, called the humerus, out of your shoulder socket (glenoid), which is part of your shoulder blade (scapula). Partial dislocation is one in which your upper arm bone is halfway in and hlafway out of your shoulder socket, can also happen.
A dislocated shoulder may be caused by:
- Sports injuries: Shoulder dislocation is a common injury in contact sports, such as football and hockey, and in sports that might have falls, such as downhill skiing, gymnastics and volleyball
- Trauma not related to sports: such as a hard blow to your shoulder during a car accident
- Falls: Such as from a ladder or from tripping on a loose rug
Symptoms of a Dislocated Shoulder
Dislocated shoulder signs and symptoms can include:
- A deformity that you can see or a out of place shoulder
- Swelling or discoloration (bruising)
- Intense pain
- Unable to move the joint
Shoulder dislocation may also cause numbness, weakness or tingling by the injury, such as in your neck or down your arm. The muscles in your shoulder can spasm from the interruption, commonly raising the severity of your pain.
Treatments of a Dislocated Shoulder
AdvaCare Clinics, located in Bloomington MN , offers a rehabilitation approach that focuses on helping patients understand the condition and treatment you are experiencing. Based on the needs of the patient, our physical therapists and chiropractors will work with other members of the rehabilitation team to create a retraining program tailored to your needs to restore maximum function and mobility to the body.
The Physical Therapy evaluation will take place on the first day of the therapy session. You should wear loose clothing that they can move in and that will allow the therapist to see the affected area.
The therapist will ask you about the history of the injury. They will discuss how the injury has affected your ability to complete daily activities. The therapist will take measurements of how well you move, your strength and endurance. The therapist will ask about pain. Then, the therapist will come up with therapy goals with you and together you will decide on a plan of care.
Treatment varies according to the type of surgery or injury. Treatment may include but is not limited to:
- management of pain and swelling
- crutch training
- strengthening activities
- walking activities
- stair training
The physical therapist may use other holistic modalities including:
- massage therapy
- heat/ice therapy
- electrical stimulation
- nutrition planning
- laser Therapy
- manual adjustments
- and many more…
As you heal and gets stronger, the therapy will focus more on being able to perform daily activities. Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about any of our therapies or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess if you need care and what combination of care would best work for you.