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Dislocated Shoulder

What causes a dislocated shoulder?

If the ligaments that holds the shoulder muscles to bones tear and can’t hold the joint together, the shoulder is dislocated. A fall onto an outstretched hand, arm or the shoulder itself, or a violent twisting, can cause a shoulder dislocation.

What are the symptoms/treatment of a dislocated shoulder?

The main symptom is pain in the shoulder that becomes worse when the shoulder is moved. Treatment for a dislocation is ice applied immediately after the injury to decrease pain, swelling and bleeding around the joint. Within 15 to 30 minutes of the injury, the joint will be painful and swollen. A dislocated shoulder needs immediate medical care. Doctors treat dislocations by using gentle traction to pull the shoulder back into place. When the shoulder pops out of the socket repeatedly, the condition is called recurrent instability. Recurrent instability can be treated with surgery to repair the torn ligaments.