Shoulder Injury Basics: What Should You Know

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Shoulder Injury Basics: What Should You Know

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In case you think your shoulder joint is dislocated, take care not to put it back in place all by yourself. It is better for you to locate a physician or a sports trainer to reposition it for you. This is an emergency and needs the intervention of a good-quality orthopedic surgeon. Therefore it is important to get in touch with a trained professional.

Who is at the risk of Dislocated Shoulder?

A sportsperson is most likely to have a dislocated shoulder when he/she has a fall or an injury during playing. This type of injury occurs when the arm of the player is outstretched and when a jerky motion or twisting happens suddenly when the arm is in this position.

This type of injury commonly happens when involved in games such as football or mother contact sports. However, this can also happen when you are involved in normal activities in the home when you lose balance and try to catch yourself or you extend your arm to catch or grab something suddenly.

When there is trauma, the pain that is experienced by the individual is severe and there is an 80% chance that this will recur under certain circumstances. Surgery is the best option when there are recurrences and this is advised for young and upcoming players who have more chances of recurrence of this type of an injury.

Over-Flexibility or Double-Jointededness

Those that are young and have very flexible joints (double-jointed) are prone to shoulder dislocation without significant accompanying injury. This kind of traumatic shoulder instability occurs commonly in young sportspersons who are involved in aquatic sports and tennis or volleyball. The repetitive overhead motion of the shoulder is a likely cause. Though the sports may not directly cause instability, it often uncovers cases that are more prone to this type of injury.

Therefore, some activities are likely to cause your shoulder to pop out from its joint or those who are highly flexible and loose are also prone to this type of shoulder joint instability. The double-jointedness of individuals occurs when they have increased the flexibility of their soft tissues.

What should you do for shoulder dislocation?

If your shoulder dislocates, this is what you can do immediately:

  • Firstly, immobilize your shoulder and place an ice pack on the area to reduce inflammation.
  • Get in touch with an orthopedic surgeon and fix an appointment for treatment of the joint. The advantage with this is that the expert will strive to put your joint back in place without any delay whatsoever.
  • You may have to wear a sling to keep the joint in place. This gives a chance for the tissues and the joint to heal and recover. The pain and swelling will also reduce.
  • Take care not to move the shoulder too much and allow it to heal.

Shoulder pain is common in most people and it occurs at one time or the other in their lives because of injury or overuse. However, timely medical help followed up with appropriate treatment can prevent it from happening again.

Bone & Joints 360

If you are a resident of Mumbai and are experiencing frequent shoulder dislocations or other painful problems of the shoulder, you can get in touch with the best orthopedic surgeon in Mumbai that we have on our rolls. Our hospital is equipped with cutting-edge technology machines and facilities and this helps us to provide the best shoulder injury treatment in Mumbai for the patients. We have also made a name for ourselves as the best sports injury expert in Mumbai.

Dr. Santosh Shetty
Dr. Santosh Shetty
Specialist in Joint Replacement and Trauma Surgery with more than 15 years of experience.

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