Treating a Painful Dislocated Shoulder
A dislocated shoulder means your upper arm bone (humerus) has come partially or completely out of the joint’s socket. Sports injuries, falling on an outstretched arm, and traffic accidents are among the most common causes. This painful condition needs immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of a dislocated shoulder include:
- Distortion or crookedness at the shoulder joint
- Numbness or tingling, including in your hand and fingers
- Sharp pain in the shoulder
- Swelling in the shoulder
- Shoulder weakness
To diagnose a dislocated shoulder and determine its condition, Franciscan Health shoulder specialists will perform an examination of your shoulder that may include an X-ray.
What to expect from shoulder dislocation treatment
You will be given a local anesthetic and your doctor will put the ball of your upper arm bone back into the joint socket. Your pain may stop almost immediately.
You may wear a sling to immobilize your shoulder for up to two weeks. After treatment, rehabilitation, such as physical therapy at Franciscan Health, may help prevent future dislocations. Your doctor will advise you when you can resume your regular activities.
Shoulder Dislocation Surgery
Shoulder dislocation surgery is normally not necessary. You may require surgery if your doctor cannot relocate your shoulder, or if you have injured nerves or tissue.