Shoulder Dislocation – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Fagelman is a leading orthopedic surgeon serving the patients of Carrollton, TX. He provides comprehensive surgical and non-surgical treatment for a wide range of shoulder injuries such as fractures, ligament tears, dislocations etc.  

Shoulder Dislocation

Shoulder is the most mobile joint which can be moved in many directions and therefore becomes more susceptible to dislocation. Shoulder Dislocation occurs when the humerus (head of the bone in the upper arm) moves out of the glenoid (a socket that holds it). It can either be a partial or complete dislocation which may or may not be accompanied by damage to the surrounding ligaments and tendons. There are three main types of shoulder dislocations:

  • Forward/anterior Dislocation- This is the most common type of dislocation in which the humerus gets displaced in the forward position due to an injury to an outstretched arm.
  • Posterior/backward Dislocation- This is a rarely occurring condition wherein the humerus is pushed backwards which could be a result of electrocution or a convulsive disorder/seizure.
  • Inferior/downward Dislocation- In this condition the humerus gets abducted and the arms of the patient appear to be fixed at the back or above the head. It occurs in case of severe accidents.

If the humerus is partially displaced from the socket, it is called subluxation but if the bone is completely dislocated from the socket, the condition is termed as Shoulder Dislocation. In some cases, it may become a repetitive phenomena leading to a lot of discomfort.

Causes Of Shoulder Dislocation

  • Sports injury incurred by players of football, hockey or gymnasts
  • A sudden fall while the arm is outstretched
  • Automobile accidents
  • Convulsions

Symptoms Of Shoulder Dislocation

  • Visible dislocation of the shoulder and arms
  • Swelling or bruising
  • Inability to move the arms or shoulder
  • Numbness or weakness may be experienced by the patient
  • Pain across the shoulder and arm

Diagnosis Of Shoulder Dislocation

An orthopedic doctor may observe the patient’s arms, shoulders and check for signs of visible damage. A detailed description of the time and process of injury may be taken. In addition to the physical examination, the doctor may recommend an X-ray or an MRI to assess the position of dislocation as well as damage to the surrounding tissues, nerves or ligaments.

Treatment For Shoulder Dislocation

  • Use of a sling to keep the shoulder in position
  • Closed Reduction- the humerus is placed back into the socket by the doctor which helps alleviate pain
  • Resting the injured arm and shoulder
  • Application of ice pack or heat therapy to reduce swelling and pain
  • Physical therapy to restore the movement of the shoulder as well as strengthen the surrounding muscles
  • Brace can be used in case of chronic shoulder dislocation
  • Anti inflammatory drugs may be prescribed to combat pain
  • Surgery may be required in case the therapy and closed reduction methods fail. It may be arthroscopic or open depending on the severity of the injury

For comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of Shoulder Dislocation, contact Dr. Fagelman. To request an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Carrollton, TX, call at (972) 492-1334.