Shoulder dislocation is a common injury. If your shoulder is wrenched upward or backward, it may be dislocated from the socket. This can be incredibly painful and incapacitating. Most shoulder dislocations happen at the lower front of the shoulder. This is because the shoulder blade is shallow, and is supported on all sides by ligaments called the joint capsule, and covered by the rotatory cuff.
Most dislocations are anterior, where the upper arm bone detaches completely from the shoulder can be partial, which means socket and pushes forward. If you are a Singaporean, here is everything that you need to know about shoulder dislocation surgery and treatment.
What Are Some Common Signs of a Dislocated Shoulder?
The main symptom of a shoulder dislocation is excruciating pain at the shoulder joint. You will have difficulty making any movement with the injured arm. Your shoulder will feel loose and may experience numbness and tingling. If the injury is severe, your arm may experience swelling.
If you suspect you have a dislocation, its best to seek medical attention immediately. Waiting will only prolong your misery, and at worst could end up damaging tendons, muscles, and nerves.
Treatment of a Shoulder Dislocation
Your doctor will prescribe painkillers to lessen your pain and do an x-ray to figure the extent of your injury. Most people with shoulder dislocation will have it set back in the emergency department, but some injuries may require surgery.
There are many techniques for relocating the dislocated shoulder. Your doctor may try more than one procedure to find one that suits your condition.
Here are some treatments that your doctor may recommend:
Your doctor may try some gentle movements to help your shoulder bone move back to its proper position. Depending on the pain level, you may need a sedative or general anesthetic before any manipulation is done. When the bone is back in place, the pain and movement will improve immediately.
If the shoulder injury is severe, you may need surgery to repair torn ligaments and blood vessels. Surgery will be the last resort if you have a weak shoulder joint or and when you have recurring shoulder dislocation that strengthening and rehabilitation can’t treat the ailing shoulder.
Your doctor will put a sling around the injured arm for a few weeks to keep your shoulder from moving. You may need to wear the sling for a more extended period until your shoulder heals.
Your doctor may might prescribe a pain reliever or a muscle relaxant to keep you comfortable while your shoulder heals.
After your shoulder splint or sling is removed, you will begin a gradual rehabilitation program designed to restore range of motion, strength, and stability to your shoulder joint. Most hospitals in Singapore have a rehabilitation center with qualified staff to guide you.
After your dislocation is treated, it’s critical you take it easy for a couple of months. Resuming activity too soon after shoulder dislocation may cause you to injure your shoulder joint or to dislocate it again. Bear in mind that chances of dislocating the shoulder again are high, so caution is needed when doing high impact sports or work.