Treatment and rapid assessment of sports and traumatic injuries, including surgery for collarbone (clavicle), wrist and ankle fractures and dislocated shoulders are available at the Albury-Wodonga Insight Orthopaedic and Sports Injury Clinic.
If you think your shoulder is dislocated, you should seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms can include:
Risks and Complications
There are some risks and complications associated with shoulder dislocation, some of which can have long-term effects on the patient. These most commonly include:
Bone and Muscle
Possible damage to surrounding bones and muscles as a result of the trauma that caused the dislocation.
This usually comes in the form of an injured circumflex axillary nerve. The primary symptom of this type of damage is numbness on the outside of the upper arm. Untreated, nerve damage to the circumflex axillary nerve can result in weakness of the deltoid muscle and restricted shoulder movement.
Rotator Cuff Injury
For older patients or patients who smoke, a rotator cuff injury or tear may accompany a shoulder dislocation. This often requires follow-up visits, tests, and physical therapy to gauge the type and extent of the shoulder damage.