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60% of Shoulder Dislocations Recur. Here’s How We Help…

Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.

Did you know that 60% of the people who experience a shoulder dislocation will have a recurrence? Unfortunately, shoulder dislocations, which are common among males, young people, and athletes, can mark the beginning of a series of shoulder problems.

A new infographic from Mayo Clinic helps patients better understand shoulder pain after an impact. As Mayo suggests, “With proper professional care, athletes can regain function and avoid repeat injuries.” Learn more below about how we help patients in the Houston area with shoulder dislocation and shoulder pain.

What is shoulder dislocation?

The shoulder holds the upper arm bone in place in a tight-fitting sheath of tissue. When the shoulder becomes dislocated, the arm bone is removed from this socket. As medical and athletic communities learn more about shoulder dislocations, we’re finding that these injuries are more common than previously thought.

What are the symptoms of shoulder dislocation?

    • A visibly deformed or out-of-place shoulder
    • Swelling
    • Bruising
    • Intense pain
    • Inability to move the joint

How can we help reduce the risk of dislocation?

Shoulder surgery can significantly increase a patient’s chances of avoiding a repeat dislocation. In fact…

    • 75% of people experience a recurrent dislocation without surgery, while only…
    • 11% of people experience a recurrent dislocation with surgery.

Chances of a repeat shoulder dislocation injury are highest for young males. Overall (among both male and female patients) chances of experiencing a recurrent shoulder dislocation reduces with age.

What treatments are available for a dislocated shoulder?

Treatments can vary widely depending on the severity of dislocation and the patient’s chances of experiencing a second dislocation. (For example, athletes who are at a high risk of recurring injury may be advised to take a more aggressive treatment approach.)

    • Partial dislocations may be treated with immobilization.
    • Physical therapy can help muscles and ligaments regain strength.
    • Minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery may be used for serious dislocations. This very common procedure is associated with excellent outcomes.

Schedule With a Houston Sports Medicine Doctor

To learn more about your care options when it comes to shoulder pain, you can schedule an appointment at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics by calling (713) 756-5546. Contact a Houston sports medicine doctor near you today!

Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.