How Does a Shoulder Dislocation Happen?

Dislocated shoulder Dislocating your shoulder is a painful event that should immediately be treated by a healthcare professional. If you are injured and have a shoulder dislocation, seeking help from a professional can help rectify the injury. Our physicians will listen to your concerns, evaluate your condition, and determine the best course of action for you.

What Is a Shoulder Dislocation?

A dislocated shoulder occurs when your humerus, or upper arm bone, pops out of the shoulder joint. The shoulder joint is made up of the head of your humerus and shoulder blade socket. Having this joint gives you a wide range of movement. The humerus gets pushed out of its socket if your shoulder is dislocated. This can be a partial or complete dislocation, depending on the severity. The dislocation is often accompanied by swelling and pain, and you may not be able to move your shoulder freely.

Common Causes of Shoulder Dislocations

Sports Injury

Joint dislocations are common in sports. They can frequently occur in contact sports like hockey or football or sports associated with falling, like gymnastics. Whatever the activity, it is important to immediately stop moving and be examined by a medical professional if you get injured during a game.

Car Accidents

Another cause for shoulder displacements is car crashes. The impact of a vehicular collision can force your shoulder out of its socket, along with a myriad of other potential injuries.

Falling Down

Dislocations can occur in the workplace or while doing chores at home. Falling from a great height, like off a ladder, may force your shoulder out of the socket. These kinds of injuries are very common. To minimize potential injuries, make sure always to wear appropriate protective equipment and follow proper procedures for high-risk activities.

Congenital Issues

Some people are predisposed to more frequent shoulder displacement from birth. In these cases, a person may have shallower shoulder sockets or inelastic muscle ligaments. As a result, you may find yourself having recurrent shoulder displacements.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you or someone you know is suffering from shoulder displacement, our Orthopedic Associates Of Long Island experts can help. We are committed to providing top-quality solutions to ensure our patients in East Setauket, NY, Commack, NY, and surrounding areas achieve the relief they desire. Call our team today at 631-689-6698 to book an appointment to discuss the options that are available to help you.

Get in Touch

* All indicated fields must be completed.
Please include non-medical questions and correspondence only.

Our Offices


6 Technology Drive
Suite 100
East Setauket, NY 11733


500 Commack Road
Suite 150B
Commack, NY 11725


715 Roanoke Ave.
Building A, Ste. 3
Riverhead, NY 11901


6144 Route 25A
Building A Suite 4 & 5
Wading River, NY 11792


2112 Middle
Country Road
Centereach, NY 11720


55 Medford Avenue
Suite E
Patchogue, NY 11772


325 Meeting House Lane
Building One
Southampton, NY 11968


60 Fleets Point Drive
Suite 1
West Babylon, NY 11704

Accessibility Toolbar

OALI Walk In Hours
Scroll to Top