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Which Way Does Shoulder Usually Dislocate
Anterior (Forward): Anterior dislocations, where the ball or top of the humerus dislocates forward is by far the most common form of instability or direction of the dislocation. Next is posterior where the ball of the shoulder goes back and then there are shoulders that can dislocate in many different directions... Or multi-directional instability. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Time, ROM, strength: If this is your first dislocation, time (rest) followed by gentle attempts to regain range of motion followed by rotator cuff strengthening is the recipe. You can do this under the guidance of a physical therapist or self-directed exercise. I strongly urge you to go to an ortho doc for an assessment of your risk for another shoulder dislocation in the future. ...Read more
Injury or congenital: There are 2 broad categories of shoulder instability. Some patients have a traumatic injury that leads to a shoulder dislocation or subluxation and sometimes recurrent instability. Other patients are born with "loose" shoulders (and often other loose joints) and may have shoulder dislocations without significant trauma. Without knowing a little more history it would be difficult to determine for u ...Read more
Extreme Pain: A dislocated shoulder is very very painful and very limited in range of motion, as a rule. When examining patients in the emergency room one rule of thumb is that if a patient can put their arm across their body to touch the opposite shoulder then their shoulder is not dislocated out the front (if it is out the back then external rotation would be very limited). ...Read more
Yes, very common: You describe a shoulder subluxation, whereby the shoulder joint transiently moves out of place enough to give a sensation of pain (sometimes) and discomfort. A shoulder that slips out of place and requires a healthcare provider to relocate the joint is call a shoulder dislocation. Shoulder subluxations are much more common than actual dislocations. ...Read more
Some People Can: There is a certain subset of shoulder instability that has a voluntary component. This is usually in people that are "loose jointed" and it often involves a pattern of muscle firing that pulls the shoulder in and out of joint. ...Read more
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