What can be done for shoulder dislocation?

The shoulder joint is an active, mobile joint that is critical for performing most activities with the arms. When the joint has been dislocated, it is essential that patients get to their doctor as soon as possible to alleviate the problem. The doctors at Orthopedic Associates of Long Island are available to assist individuals throughout New York with their shoulder discoloration needs.

What is a shoulder dislocation?

There are two types of dislocation that can occur in the shoulder, including a partial dislocation (known as subluxation) and complete dislocation. A partial discoloration is when the upper arm bone called the humerus is partially out of the shoulder joint socket, while a complete dislocation occurs when this bone is completely outside of the natural socket. When a patient experiences a dislocation, often a result of impact on the area, overstretching, or other activities, it is important that they seek medical attention as the joint may be damaged. Damage may also occur to the areas around the joints, causing problems with the capsule or ligaments as well.

What is done to address a shoulder dislocation?

In most situations, our doctors will try to pop the shoulder joint back into place. This should only be done by a trained and experienced medical professionals such as those at Orthopedic Associates of Long Island. After the joint has been connected back in place, an evaluation may be performed to ensure none of the surrounding areas have been impacted. Patients may need to wear a sling for a short period of time to allow the shoulder to rest, and physical therapy may be ordered to help improve range of motion and avoid future dislocations. In a worst-case scenario, patients may require surgery to address the stability of the joint and fix torn joint capsules or ligaments that may have become damaged as well.

Do you need assistance with shoulder dislocation or other problems of the shoulder joint?

Contact Orthopedic Associates of Long Island today at (631) 689-6698 to request an appointment at any one of our seven locations throughout New York. We invite new and existing patients into our practice for comprehensive orthopedic care.

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