Treatment for Dislocated Shoulder
Simon Moyes is an internationally renowned orthopaedic consultant surgeon, specialising in musculoskeletal problems including shoulder injuries.
Mr Moyes and the Capital Orthopaedics team offer expert diagnosis and treatment for dislocated shoulders at The Cromwell private hospital in central London, as well as Platinum Medical Centre in The Wellington Hospital and Basinghall Clinic in the City.
For any questions about how to treat a dislocated shoulder or to book a referral appointment, contact Simon Moyes here.
What is a Dislocated Shoulder?
Your upper arm bone (humerus) can become partially or completely detached from the dish-like socket in your shoulder bone (scapula) when the tendons and ligaments around the joint are wrenched or get injured in an impact.
Have I Dislocated my Shoulder?
The symptoms of a dislocated shoulder are immediate and extremely painful. There is often an obvious deformity in the joint, and an inability to move it, along with swelling and bruising.
You may feel numbness or tingling in your neck and arm, as well as spasming in the muscles around your shoulder, which can intensify the pain.
What Causes a Dislocated Shoulder?
You can dislocate your shoulder in a heavy fall (particularly common in winter sports or cycling), an impact on your shoulder (often in contact sports like rugby, or in motor accidents), or when your arm is wrenched forwards, backwards or upwards.
How Can a Dislocated Shoulder Be Treated?
If you suspect a dislocated shoulder, you should see a doctor immediately. In most cases, this means a trip to A&E, where an x-ray will determine if you have any broken bones or any other damage to your joint. The bones may be manipulated back into place with the help of a muscle relaxant or sedative. You will need to wear a supportive brace or splint to prevent shoulder movement.
At Capital Orthopaedics, our team of expert consultants, radiologists, physiotherapists and nurses can offer you state-of-the-art diagnostic scans and treatment plans for a dislocated shoulder.
Depending on the damage to the bones and tissues in your shoulder, treatment can include:
increasing range of motion, using mobility and strengthening exercises in a carefully managed rehabilitation plan.
Damaged, swollen and inflamed tissues in your shoulder can be treated with steroid and blood plasma injections to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
Some shoulder dislocations need minimally invasive surgery to repair bone or tissue damage – particularly if you have repeated dislocations due to weakened and stretched tendons and ligaments in your shoulder.
How Capital Orthopaedics Can Help Treat Your Dislocated Shoulder
Offering the very best in scanning technology, with an in-house radiologist, Simon Moyes and the Capital Orthopaedics team provide a thorough, efficient and fast diagnosis of your condition.
In our dedicated diagnostics clinics, we offer a one-stop-shop for initial consultation, scans, interpretation and treatment plans.
We also have a team of highly qualified physiotherapists who provide advice, exercise plans and therapy in our dedicated sports rehabilitation facilities in London.
Our consultant surgeons specialise in minimally invasive surgery – ensuring that surgical treatment have the lowest impact and quickest recovery times possible.
If you have dislocated your shoulder, or have any other shoulder pain, contact Capital Orthopaedics here, and let us guide you through your diagnosis and treatment options.
Frequently Asked Questions
No – a dislocated shoulder will need to be reinstated at the very least, although in less severe cases, it may pop back in on its own.
A dislocation is usually caused by a trauma that damages the tendons, resulting weakness and instability around the joint – so you will need physiotherapy to restore muscle strength and range of motion.
To manage your recovery effectively, it’s important for a specialist to assess any damage to cartilage or other tissues in your shoulder.
After your shoulder bones have been manipulated back into place (often with the help of a muscle relaxant or sedative), you will be given a splint or brace to hold it in place while it heals. You are likely to be given anti-inflammatories and painkillers to manage the pain and swelling.
There are many factors in a dislocated shoulder, as other tissues may be damaged in the injury, and these all have different treatments and healing times. A full or partial dislocation will also affect recovery time.
Generally, you can expect it to take 12 to 16 weeks for complete recovery.
Shoulder instability is common after a shoulder dislocation, as the ligaments, tendons and muscles around the joint are weakened.
Consult with an orthopaedic specialist for an expert diagnosis of the problems. Treatment may involve strengthening the muscles around your joint, or in some cases, surgery to repair torn tendons or ligaments.
Surgery to repair the supporting structures of tendons and ligaments in your shoulder joint is usually carried out using minimally invasive techniques, and takes 1-2 hours.
You will usually be able to resume most activities two weeks after surgery.
With rehabilitation, it can be 6-12 weeks before you can return to full strength and range of motion.
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