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Which way does shoulder usually dislocate?
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Dr. Howard Luks
Orthopedic Surgery
7 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Howard Luks
Dr. Howard Luks
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Anterior.
Usually they dislocate anteriorly and inferiorly, meaning the arm bone dislocates forward and down.

In brief: Anterior.
Usually they dislocate anteriorly and inferiorly, meaning the arm bone dislocates forward and down.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Good Question
As we have learned more about shoulder instability with greater experience and skill in shoulder arthroscopy, it has become increasingly clear that the shoulder is a circle and it is important to treat anatomic pathology to rebalance the shoulder globally.
Also, keep in mind that many posterior injuries are missed which may explain why posterior wear is most common pattern in arthritic shoulders.

In brief: Good Question
As we have learned more about shoulder instability with greater experience and skill in shoulder arthroscopy, it has become increasingly clear that the shoulder is a circle and it is important to treat anatomic pathology to rebalance the shoulder globally.
Also, keep in mind that many posterior injuries are missed which may explain why posterior wear is most common pattern in arthritic shoulders.
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
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