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We don’t often think about our shoulders until pain or injury makes us take notice. As your body’s most flexible joint, your shoulder gives your arm a wide range of motion. Unfortunately, the shoulder also is the most frequently dislocated major joint.
Shoulder dislocation occurs when the ball of your upper arm bones, called the humerus, moves out of its normal place in your shoulder socket. This shoulder condition causes severe pain and requires emergency care.
At Dignity Health Central California, our orthopedic doctors deliver exceptional care to diagnose and treat all types of shoulder injuries, such as dislocation. If you need to visit the emergency room, use our InQuicker™ online tool to schedule your expected time of arrival at one of our local hospitals.
Most dislocated shoulders are caused by a trauma, such as forceful twisting of your shoulder joint or a blunt force injury. Contact sports, falls, and direct blows to your shoulder can all lead to shoulder dislocation. Still others are more likely to experience a shoulder dislocation because the ligaments holding the bones together at the joint are looser than normal.
Your orthopedic doctor’s immediate goal is to gently guide your shoulder joint back into its correct position. During this procedure, you are given pain medication and something to relax you so that you are as comfortable as possible.
Shoulder dislocation surgery is sometimes needed to realign your shoulder joint, especially if you experience several dislocations. Our award-winning orthopedic team specializes in repairing joints and provides care with humankindness every step of the way.
Once your shoulder is back in its natural position, your doctor will place your arm in a sling or brace. Physical therapy also will help make the muscles stronger and improve movement.
Find a Doctor today at Dignity Health Central California for more information about ways to prevent a shoulder injury.
Dignity Health Central California orthopedic doctors specialize in repairing joints, including shoulder dislocation in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.