Do I Need Dislocated Shoulder Surgery?

The shoulder is the most flexible joint in your body. This also means that it is more susceptible to strains, breaks, dislocations, and other injuries.

Normally, your shoulder consists of your humerus or the upper arm bone fitting into the socket of your shoulder blade. The socket is then surrounded by soft tissue as a means of stabilization. There’s also some cartilage and lining that allows the movement of your shoulder to be smooth.

The shoulder blade is then connected to the clavicle and your breast bone with some ligaments and tissue. You’ll often here about the rotator cuff which is muscles and tendons that cover the shoulder joint and capsule; this is what gives you the ability to stretch and reach.

Dislocations are a result of instability caused by the humerus being forced from the shoulder socket, which usually is the result of sudden injury or overuse of the shoulder. If you have a partial dislocation, it’s called a subluxation and can usually lead to full dislocation. In most cases, a dislocation doesn’t need surgery; it just needs to be popped back into place. However, those who have chronic instability and have dislocations happen repeatedly may need surgery in hopes of correcting the issue. Surgical options are open surgical or arthroscopic repairs, which are both followed by rehabilitation and physical therapy.

If you have frequent dislocations, you should talk with an Orthopaedic surgeon. They will perform an evaluation considering your medical history, complete a physical examination, and run diagnostic tests to see the full extent of the damage that might be there. They will then discuss with you what the risks are and your best options.

For more information about shoulder dislocations and to see if your injury needs surgery, contact your local, trusted orthopaedic surgeon.

This article is brought to you by Dr. Brandon Downs, of Orthopaedic Specialists, specializing in knee, hip and shoulder pain. Find Dr.Downs in Nashville, Dickson and Ashland City and online at Orthopaedicspecialists.com.

Locations:

1912 Charlotte Ave, Nashville 37203, (615) 590-8000
415 Henslee Drive, Dickson 37055, (615) 375-8287
313 North Main Street, Ashland City 37015, (615) 590-8000

You Might Also Enjoy...

What You Should Know About Post-Op Blood Clots

After surgery, you may encounter a few complications, including blood clots. It’s imperative to understand this, as they can be very dangerous. Read more to learn the facts on post-op blood clots and how to prevent them after surgery.

3 Things Every Pitcher Should Know About Their Shoulder

If you’re a pitcher, your shoulder is vital to staying in the game. However, if you’re not careful, shoulder injuries can happen, keeping you on the bench. Read more to learn what you need to know about your shoulder health when you’re a pitcher.

6 Tips for Preventing Tennis Elbow

You use your arms a lot during the day, and if you’re not careful, overuse of your forearms can lead to a painful condition called tennis elbow. Keep reading to learn how you can effectively prevent the pain of tennis elbow from starting.

How to Prepare for Recovery After Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee replacement surgery is a big deal — and preparing for it is just as important. Recovery after the procedure is vital, and preparation is needed beforehand. Keep reading to learn how to prepare yourself and your home for post-surgical recovery.

How to Prevent Rotator Cuff Tears

Your shoulders are a vital part of your life — so when an injury strikes, it’s devastating. Rotator cuff tears are common shoulder injuries but they can be prevented. Keep reading to learn how you can effectively prevent a rotator cuff tear.