If you’ve had a bad fall or a sports incident that has left you with debilitating and persistent shoulder pain then you could be dealing with a shoulder dislocation. A dislocation occurs when part of the bone comes out of the socket within the shoulder blade. Since the shoulder joint is actually the most mobile joint we have, it increases its risk for dislocations.
The most obvious symptoms of a shoulder dislocation include severe pain, loss of mobility in the shoulder, and swelling or bruising. You may also notice a distinct difference between the injured side and the other shoulder. In some cases, you may even experience tingling, numbness, or weakness that runs from your shoulders down your arm. Sometimes muscle spasms also occur. If you are experiencing these symptoms it’s important that you seek proper medical attention.
While you could turn to your general practitioner who will then have to refer you to a specialist, why not immediately get the care you need by turning to our very own orthopaedic shoulder specialist Dr. Roger Pollock? Dr. Pollock specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of all shoulder conditions. We also provide a variety of treatment options and surgical procedures to cater to your specific health needs.
If you suspect that you have a shoulder dislocation it’s important that you visit us right away. In the meantime, it’s important to limit movement in the shoulder to prevent symptoms from getting worse. Wrapping something around the arm to immobilize it is the best option. Do not try to place the shoulder back into the socket by yourself. If the pain is intense you can take a painkiller and apply ice to help dull symptoms until you reach our office.
The specific treatment plan we map out for you will really depend on the severity of the dislocation you are experiencing. In some cases, simple manipulative techniques may be all that’s needed to gently guide the shoulder back into place. Once the shoulder is back in place you should experience immediate relief.
However, it’s possible that you may have to wear a splint for several days or even a few weeks to prevent the shoulder from moving around. If the pain is severe, we can also prescribe a stronger medication to help you manage your symptoms. In situations where the shoulder joint has been weakened by multiple dislocations, surgery may be necessary.
Interested in treatments for Shoulder Dislocaiton from Roger G. Pollock, MD?
Call our Bergen County, NJ office at (201) 612-9774 today!