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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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Dislocated Shoulder (Overview)

A glenohumeral dislocation occurs when the head of humeus displaces in relationship to the glenoid fossa. Most glenohumeral dislocations occur when the humerus slips forward (anterior) on the fossa. A disocated shoulder must be reduced, & a post-reduction x-ray is necessary to check for any fractures/ ensure proper realignment. Dislocations may also cause soft tissue (rotator cuff/ labrum) damage.


Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
133 doctors shared insights

Dislocated Shoulder (Overview)

A glenohumeral dislocation occurs when the head of humeus displaces in relationship to the glenoid fossa. Most glenohumeral dislocations occur when the humerus slips forward (anterior) on the fossa. A disocated shoulder must be reduced, & a post-reduction x-ray is necessary to check for any fractures/ ensure proper realignment. Dislocations may also cause soft tissue (rotator cuff/ labrum) damage.


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How long can a dislocated shoulder take to heal?

How long can a dislocated shoulder take to heal?

Depends: 6 weeks or more depending on several variables including was this a first time dislocation or one of multiple, the age of the individual, did a labral injury occuror did a fracture occur? ...Read more

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Suffered dislocated shoulder without knowing went in on its own.What would a MRI show to lead to the diagnosis of dislocated shoulder from orthopedist?

Suffered dislocated shoulder without knowing went in on its own.What would a MRI show to lead to the diagnosis of dislocated shoulder from orthopedist?

Multiple findings: Learn more about unstable shoulder here: http://theshouldercenter.Com/unstable-shoulder.Htm multiple areas of the shoulder can be injured with a shoulder dislocation or even multiple episodes of subluxation/instability. The decision for the best treatment has to be individualized and depends on many factors. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a dislocated shoulder?

How do you know if you have a dislocated shoulder?

Severe pain: A shoulder dislocation is extremely painful and results in inability to move the shoulder joint at all. You might note a cavity/ groove over shoulder region where the dislocation has occurred. It can still be difficult to differentiate a dislocation from a fracture therefor an X Ray may be needed to confirm this. ...Read more

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My 12 year old is in severe pain with a dislocated shoulder. What is the best way to treat a dislocated shoulder?

My 12 year old is in severe pain with a dislocated shoulder. What is the best way to treat a dislocated shoulder?

This depends: I am assuming that the shoulder has been put back in. If the shoulder has been put back in, a short period of rest in a sling followed by gentle attempts to regain range of motion will allow early pain relief. Then pt can begin. If the shoulder has not been put back in, go to a doctor now. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a dislocated shoulder?

What is the best treatment for a dislocated shoulder?

Closed Reduction: The best treatment for an acute dislocated shoulder is urgent closed reduction. This can be performed by emergency room physician or orthopedic on call surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the typical treatments for a dislocated shoulder?

Depends...: The treatment for shoulder dislocations varies based on the reason why the shoulder is dislocating. Some shoulders dislocate because the ligaments that hold the shoulder together are loose. Traumatic dislocations usually result in a ligament tear. The treatment of the loose shoulder may simply be physical therapy, whereas the person with a tear might require surgery. ...Read more

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What is the cure for a dislocated shoulder?

What is the cure for a dislocated shoulder?

Physical therapy.: If you're a first time dislocator, generally physical therapy is indicated, to strengthen the shoulder musculature, to prevent further dislocations. If you are a recurrent dislocator, you may require surgical stabilization. ...Read more

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