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What is does it mean to have dislocation of the shoulder?

What is does it mean to have dislocation of the shoulder?

Shoulder Instability: Your shoulder is a ball and socket joint. The top of your arm forms the ball and the socket is deep inside the shoulder. It is similar to a golf ball on a golf tee. If the ball falls off the socket then the shoulder is dislocated. Most dislocations are related to the ligaments of the shoulder being stretched or torn. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Dislocation (Definition)

Dislocation is a condition in which a bone has come out of place from a joint, usually due to a sports injury, a fall, a bike/car accident, or a birth defect. The dislocated joint can have its out-of-place bone put back into proper position, but further treatment may be needed ...Read more


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Why might I frequently have shoulder dislocations?

Laxity: Ligaments hold bones together. Some people have ligaments that are looser than other people, allowing for more movement in joints. This is when people are described as "loose-jointed" or "double-jointed". Other times, an injury may have damaged the shoulder joint, and the structures that hold it in place may need to be repaired. Best to have it checked out. ...Read more

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Can rotatory cuff injury lead to dislocation in shoulder?

Can rotatory cuff injury lead to dislocation in shoulder?

Rarely: A massive rotator cuff tear can lead to shoulder instability (typically a subluxation/partial dislocation, but not a full dislocation). This may depend on multiple factors including the size, location and chronicity of the tear. On the other hand a traumatic shoulder dislocation can sometimes cause a rotator cuff tear, particularly in patients over the age of 40. ...Read more

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How can you stop frequent shoulder dislocations?

Surgery.: Most times if you're disl;ocating more than 3 times, you may require surgical stabilization. See a sports medicine shoulder surgeon. ...Read more

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Can I still work out after having several shoulder dislocations?

Yes-protect shoulder: Working out can be safe with a history of shoulder instability with certain precautions. Your treating physician can best manage your activities based upon the stability of your injured shoulder. Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around your shoulder an scapula are important to maximize your potential for recovery both preoperatively and postoperatively if surgery is necessary. ...Read more

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How can I stop frequent shoulder dislocations?

PT or surgery: Initial shoulder dislocations in people over 30 years often respond well to conservative care such as therapy. Frequent shoulder dislocations are less likely to do well with pt because there is generally a structural reason for the instability. This can be a tear of the labram or bony defects in the glenoid or humeral head. A shoulder specialist can determine the cause of your dislocations. ...Read more

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How is a shoulder dislocation typically reduced?

How is a shoulder dislocation typically reduced?

Depends...: The way that shoulders are reduced is dependent on the direction it has dislocated. Many shoulder dislocations will reduce spontaneously as your are moving around on your way to the emergency room. If the shoulder is still dislocated in the emergency room, the reduction maneuver chosen by the doctor will be based on the xray findings. ...Read more

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What exercises are good for stability after shoulder dislocation?

Theraband: Theraband exercises which are progressively stronger large rubber bands are an excellent exercise to improve stability and strength about the shoulder after a dislocation. ...Read more

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What can be done for an unstable shoulder with multiple dislocations?

Arthroscopic repair: Shoulder instability is caused by labral tears and capsular incompetence. The labral tear is usually traumatic in nature and caused by the first dislocation. The capsular stretching increases with each dislocation. Surgery repairs the torn labrum back to the glenoid or bony socket. The capsule can also be tightened to provide more stability for the shoulder joint. ...Read more

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How can I build my shoulder strength after recovering from shoulder dislocation?

How can I build my shoulder strength after recovering from shoulder dislocation?

Physical therapy.: You should be evaluated by a Physical Therapist or an Athletic Trainer, for the best strengthening exercises for you, to minimize the chance of recurrent dislocations. ...Read more

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