Dislocated Shoulder Specialist

Premier Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement Specialists located in Hattiesburg, MS

Whether it was pitching a no-hitter or just a slip and fall, when you dislocate your shoulder, your ability to function comes to a screeching halt. At Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Dr. Thomas Baylis and his team can help. A board-certified physician specializing in sports medicine, he can reset your shoulder and help you strengthen it, preventing further injury. If you live in or near Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and have a dislocated shoulder, contact Dr. Baylis today. Call to schedule your appointment or book online now.

Dislocated Shoulder Q & A

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What are the symptoms of a dislocated shoulder?

When you dislocate your shoulder, you may experience a range of symptoms, depending on the severity of the dislocation. Common symptoms include:

  • Intense pain
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Bruising
  • Inability to move shoulder
  • Visibly displaced shoulder

In severe cases, ligaments and tendons may tear or nerves become damaged.

What causes shoulder dislocation?

Shoulder dislocation results when the ball of the shoulder joint at the top humerus (upper arm bone) is forcibly moved from its socket on your shoulder blade. This joint is extremely mobile, but also shallow, and the most commonly dislocated joint in the body.

The joint can dislocate forward, backward, or downward. In up to 95% of cases, the shoulder dislocates forward, with the humeral head in front of the joint.

In younger people, shoulder dislocations are often the result of a trauma, involving either a fall or sporting incident. When you’re older, shoulder dislocations result from weakness in the shoulder joint, caused by aging ligaments and cartilage.

Some dislocations are more likely when the shoulder is in a compromised position, such as when the elbow is bent above the head and a force applied that pushes the elbow back.

How do you fix a dislocated shoulder?

A dislocated shoulder should always have professional medical care, and Dr. Baylis doesn’t recommend trying to reset a dislocated shoulder at home.

As soon as the injury occurs, use a splint or sling on the shoulder joint to limit movement. Apply ice to reduce pain and swelling and help control internal bleeding.

Call your doctor immediately. Dr. Baylis may ask that you come directly to the office or go to the nearest emergency room to have the arm reset.

In most cases of shoulder joint dislocation, Dr. Baylis uses closed reduction to maneuver the shoulder joint into its normal position. In some cases, a sedative or muscle relaxant may be administered to assist in the relocation. As soon as the shoulder is back in its proper place, your pain should subside. He may recommend immobilizing the shoulder with a splint or sling.

If you have recurrent dislocations, Dr. Baylis may suggest surgery to improve the integrity of your shoulder joint.

If you dislocated your shoulder or keep re-injuring your shoulder joint, contact Dr. Baylis for help. Call the office to schedule your initial consultation or book online.