Dislocated Shoulder

Knoxville’s Best Choice for Dislocated Shoulder Treatment in Eastern Tennessee

When your upper arm bone (humerus) pops out of the socket of your shoulder joint, this is referred to as a dislocated shoulder. The shoulder joint is the most frequently dislocated joint in the human body. Fortunately, a dislocated shoulder is treatable, typically at an in-office visit.

Dislocated Shoulder Symptoms

It takes quite a bit of force to dislocate a shoulder. If you’ve experienced a fall, car accident, or sports injury that dislocates your shoulder, you’ll likely notice that your shoulder is out of joint right away. Symptoms of a dislocated shoulder include: 

  • Intense pain that sets in immediately
  • Visible deformity of the shoulder joint
  • Inability to move your arm or shoulder
  • Numbness, weakness, and tingling in your neck or arm

How To Fix A Dislocated Shoulder

If you believe that you may have dislocated your shoulder, it’s important to see your doctor right away. Not only is a dislocated shoulder intently painful, but it can also cause damage to the tendons and tissues in your shoulder, as well. 

Treatments For A Dislocated Shoulder Include

Closed reduction – Your doctor will use manual techniques to manipulate your shoulder bones back into their proper position. You may receive a muscle relaxer or sedative before this in-office procedure. Once the bones are maneuvered back into position, the intense pain of a dislocated shoulder should disappear almost instantly. 

Shoulder dislocation surgery – If weak or damaged tendons are the cause of recurring shoulder dislocation, surgery may be required to repair them so that they keep your shoulder in place properly. 

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