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Dislocated shoulder

The shoulder joint is the most commonly dislocated joint in the body, the primary reason for this is that is it also the most mobile joint in the body. More movement means more opportunity to move too far and dislocate. Shoulder dislocation can occur forward (anterior dislocation – 95% of all dislocations), backwards (posterior dislocation) or down (inferior dislocation). Shoulder dislocation can be described as either of the following:

  • Subluxation. Partial dislocation
  • Dislocation. Implies a complete dislocation

Causes of shoulder dislocation

The most common causes of a shoulder dislocation include:

  • Sports injuries. Sports injuries in contact sports
  • Trauma: Motor vehicle accidents, or just a hard blow to the shoulder.

Symptoms of shoulder dislocation

The symptoms of a shoulder can include:

  • Intense shoulder pain
  • Restricted motion of the shoulder
  • An alerted in the contour of the shoulder —squared-off appearance in anterior dislocations or anterior flattening in posterior dislocations.
  • Shoulder bruising, hardness or associated fracture (25% of dislocations)

Treatment of shoulder dislocation

The first step after a suspected shoulder dislocation is to make sure it is back in properly and is typically done by a medical practitioner at the hospital. Following this the shoulder is immobilised for a period of time. It is at this next point that the chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) will be able to start intense rehabilitation of the shoulder to ensure pain is reduced and function is restored. Our chiropractors will use evidence-based techniques that include mobility strategies, control exercises and strengthening protocols. When athletes come in to Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) our chiropractors and physiotherapists will also give sports specific and return to play exercises.

Please read these articles on common shoulder problems for greater understanding


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