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Shoulder Dislocation

Shoulder joint is the most mobile and flexible part of the body. It can turn in many directions without causing any discomfort and since it is a flexible joint, it sometimes automatically puts the shoulder in a vulnerable position. A shoulder dislocation is when the round ball at the top of the upper arm, called humerus, leaves the socket in the shoulder making the ball of the humerus out of position. This leaves the balls and socket out of place.

Types of shoulder dislocation
Types of shoulder dislocation
Symptoms
Symptoms

Symptoms of a dislocated shoulder include:

Causes
Causes

The shoulder joint is the most frequently dislocated joint of the body. Because it moves in several directions, your shoulder can dislocate forward, backward or downward, completely or partially, though most dislocations occur through the front of the shoulder. In addition, fibrous tissue that joins the bones of your shoulder can be stretched or torn, often complicating the dislocation.

It takes a strong force, such as a sudden blow to your shoulder, to pull the bones out of place. Extreme rotation of your shoulder joint can pop the ball of your upper arm bone out of your shoulder socket. Partial dislocation — in which your upper arm bone is partially in and partially out of your shoulder socket — also may occur.

A dislocated shoulder may be caused by:

Diagnosis
Diagnosis

During a physical examination, the doctor will examine the affected area for swelling, tenderness and pain. He might recommend an X-ray of your shoulder to assess if there are any broken bones or any other damage in your shoulder joint.

Treatment
Treatment

Below are some of the treatment methods that can help relieve the pain and discomfort of the shoulders.

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