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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 more
The shoulder has the most mobility of any joint in the body so is also much more likely to become unstable.
http://www.theshouldercenter.com/unstable-shoulder.htm. ...Read more
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?
Arthritis: That many bony injuries, you are lucky to be alive. Any fracture associated with joints may become arthritic prematurely over time. Chronic pain is another potential issue. Give up the bike and stay alive. ...Read more
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 ›
Ligaments: The two most common causes of recurrent shoulder dislocations are a generalized ligamentous laxity that causes instability or a specific injury to a structure in the shoulder that subsequently make the shoulder unstable. ...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 directions... Or multi-directional instability. ...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
Severe pain: Get an exam and xrayGet a more detailed answer ›
Depends....: The treatment of shoulder dislocations is based on whether it is recurrent (more than one dislocation) and why it dislocated. Some shoulders dislocate because the ligaments are loose, and some because the ligaments or "labrum" is torn. Some people are treated with physical therapy, and some need to consider surgery. ...Read more
See orthopedist: Initially rest it and avoid painful maneuvers especially the throwing position. You may use a sling for a few weeks if desired. Gradually, your activity level can be increased with a supervised rehab. Program. Discuss definitive treatment with a sports orthopedist to determine your options. Surgical and non-surgical treatment options are supported for a first time dislocator. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on many factors that you should go over in detail with a sports medicine or shoulder surgeon. How lose your ligaments are, your activity level, age, previous dislocations, and athletic involvement all help to determine your risk of having additional pain or dislocations. You may or may not decide upon surgery after such a discussion. ...Read more
Exam, xray, mri:
One can tell if a joint such as an AC joint is separated
of dislocated by a combination of exam, xray and mri
A separated joint may be grade 1-3 and the joint may
be subluxed or partially out of place
A dislocated joint is totally out of place and usually needs to be reduced or put back in the proper position ...Read more
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
Depends: If you've had any previous injuries to your shoulder, you may have a damaged joint or supporting soft tissues which make you more susceptible. Alternatively, there are patients with abnormal flexibility in their soft tissues who will dislocate more easily. Either way, there are treatments that can help, all the way up to surgery, so see a physician if this is a persistent problem. ...Read more
Yes: Absolutely.Get a more detailed answer ›
See your doctor: If you dislocated your shoulder and you are in a lot of pain, you should see your doctor. ...Read more
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