Your shoulder is a flexible joint that can move in a wide range of directions. That type of flexibility, however, makes the shoulder vulnerable to injuries like dislocation. Sumit Dewanjee, MD, at FXRX Inc. in Tempe and Chandler, Arizona, provides comprehensive care for a dislocated shoulder, including medical and surgical management. Schedule a consultation with this board-certified orthopedic surgeon by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.
A dislocated shoulder is a separation of the ball and socket joint of the shoulder. Your dislocated shoulder may be a partial or complete dislocation.
A partial dislocated shoulder, also known as subluxation, means the ball joint of the upper arm is only partially out of the socket joint of the shoulder.
With a complete dislocated shoulder, the ball and socket joint are completely separated.
Of all the joints in the body, the shoulder is at the greatest risk of dislocation because of its mobility and flexibility.
Pain, swelling, and obvious displacement of the shoulder joint are the most common symptoms of a dislocated shoulder. Other symptoms include:
Your shoulder dislocation may occur in any direction: forward, backward, or downward.
If you have a dislocated shoulder, keep your arm close to the body and use ice packs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to control pain and get medical treatment right away.
A dislocated shoulder loosens the ligaments that keep the joint in place, increasing your risk of a recurrence. The condition is known as shoulder instability.
When you visit FXRX Inc. with concerns about a dislocated shoulder, Dr. Dewanjee conducts a comprehensive clinical exam to fully understand the extent of your shoulder injury so he can devise the most effective treatment plan.
Dr. Dewanjee reviews the details of the dislocation, including the cause and symptoms. He reviews your medical history and examines your arm and shoulder. He may also request diagnostic testing, such as X-rays, ultrasound, or an MRI to assess the severity of your shoulder damage.
Dr. Dewanjee reinserts your shoulder back in place to treat your dislocated shoulder. He may have you wear a splint to support your shoulder while the tissues heal and then send you to physical therapy.
If you have recurrent shoulder dislocations, Dr. Dewanjee may recommend surgery to repair and tighten the loose ligaments to prevent continued problems. He performs the procedure using minimally invasive shoulder arthroscopy, repairing the damage through small incisions with the aid of a surgical camera.
To discuss treatment options for your dislocated shoulder, schedule an appointment at FXRX Inc. by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.