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Why Is The Shoulder More Commonly Dislocated Than The Hip
Anatomy: The shoulder joint is a little like a golf ball on a tee, and relies on ligaments and muscles to remain in position (located). The hip is more like a ball inside a socket, or a bowl that wraps halfway around the ball. It is much easier to knock a ball off a golf tee, than out of a bowl. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mechanics: The hip is a ball and socket type joint with strong supporting ligaments which give it inherent stability whereas the shoulder is practically a ball hanging in space which depends more on the integrity of the ligaments, cartilage(labrum) and muscles to stay in proper position. The shoulder has much more freedom of movement. In addition, there are more injury mechanisms in our typical activites. ...Read more
Broke my femurs, ankles, ltwrist, fractured hip & dislocated my shoulder in a motorcycle accident. What are some potential issues I should look out 4?
I have knee, hip, pelvis and shoulder dislocations and subluxations, and most- almost all my joints are hypermobile. What could this be caused by?
Shoulder dislocation: Anteriorly (out the front).Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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