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How to Treat Shoulder Dislocation

Shoulder Dislocation Treatment

For all types of shoulder dislocation, the treatment of choice is painkillers, muscle relaxants and reducing the humeral head to its original position. The problem is that this is often easier said than done!

Putting the shoulder back in after dislocating your shoulder may require an anesthetic because of muscle spasm and adhesion. The patient is continued on painkillers, kept in a sling and gradually encouraged to do home exercises. Subsequently the range of movements is increased over a few weeks to regain strength and stability.

Shoulder Dislocation Recurrence

A big problem with shoulder dislocation is recurrence. If the first dislocation occurs within the age of 20, there is a 90% chance of shoulder dislocation recurrance, however physical therapy and a good shoulder strengthening program will reduce the likelihood.

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What are the Symptoms of Shoulder Dislocation?

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.

Anterior dislocation

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.

Posterior dislocation

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.

Inferior dislocation

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.

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What Causes Shoulder Dislocation?

Typical Causes of Shoulder Dislocation  Shoulder dislocation

Shoulder dislocation can be caused by a fall, by an unexpected wrenching of the arm or by any repetitive forceful movement.

Shoulder Dislocation Treatment

If you are unlucky enough to dislocate your shoulder, it is unlikely you will be able move your arm.

You need to have the shoulder relocated as soon as possible.

You should go to hospital where you may be given an anesthetic or other medication before the shoulder is relocated.

Once the shoulder is relocated you should let it rest, and use ice, heat and any medication prescribed by your doctor.

Shoulder dislocation is different from shoulder separation.

In shoulder separation, the injury occurs between the scapula and the clavicle (collar bone). The injury is to the Acromioclavicular joint (which is the joint between the acromion process of the scapula and the collar bone).

So the term shoulder dislocation and separation should not be used synonymously.

With shoulder dislocation you must get proper medical treatment.

Once your recovery is underway you will probably be advised to rehabilitate and strengthen your shoulder.

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Causes of Pain under the Shoulder Blade

There are many possible causes of pain under shoulder blade and as I explained in my previous post, some of these causes are very serious.

For that reason my advice if you experience pain under your shoulder blade is to see a doctor immediately.

Causes of Pain under Shoulder Blade

Heart Attack

The most serious cause of pain under the shoulder blade can being pain from a heart attack.

In a heart attack the be localized to the shoulder or it may spread to the arms or neck and be accompanied by nausea, shortness of breath, or sweating.

Abdominal Conditions

Gallbladder disease can cause pain that is often located on the right under the shoulder blade, or on the tip of the shoulder.

Other abdominal condition can cause pain under the shoulder blade.  These abdominal condition include peptic ulcer disease, pancreatitis, and esophagitis.

Ectopic Pregnancy

In women of childbearing age pain under the shoulder blade can be a symptom of an ectopic pregnancy.

Chest conditions

Chest conditions that can cause pain under the shoulder blade include: blood clots in the lungs, pleurisy and pneumonia. Pleurisy is an irritation and inflammation of the surfaces of the lungs.

Shoulder injuries and strains

Shoulder injuries can cause pain under the shoulder blade.  Muscle strains or tears can also cause pain under the shoulder blades.

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