Symptoms of shoulder dislocation?
The main symptom of shoulder dislocation is severe pain. Shoulder dislocation will feel increased pain with any attempt to move the injured shoulder. In addition, one may notice the loss of rounded contour of the shoulder. The hand is held immobile due to pain, the position of which differs according to the type of dislocation.
There are 3 types of shoulder dislocation. They are anterior, posterior and inferior.
In anterior dislocation, the injured arm is held slightly away from the body with the palm facing the front. The deltoid contour of the shoulder is lost. The patient will not be able to touch the opposite shoulder and the dislocated head of the humerus can be felt below the collarbone.
In posterior dislocation, the arm is held close to the body with the palm facing back. The deltoid contour of the shoulder is lost. The dislocated humeral head can be felt below the acromion process of the scapula.
In inferior dislocation, the arm is held very much away from the body, with the patient preferring to keep his palm kept on or below the head by flexing his elbow. The dislocated humeral head is felt in the lateral chest wall.