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Shoulder Dislocation Treatment

A dislocation of the shoulder is the most common type of dislocation. The shoulder is often left out of the conversation when it comes to what gives humans a competitive edge. There is almost limitless rotation capability in the shoulder joint. Unfortunately, this also means that the shoulder can easily pop out of place when injured.

If you fall on your shoulder or attempt to use your hands to break a fall, the forces that are applied may be enough to cause a dislocation. In most cases, a dislocated shoulder is not considered a major injury. However, it is important to seek a clinical examination and treatment from an experienced orthopedic surgeon for this shoulder injury. An easily dislocated shoulder may indicate joint instability or other undiagnosed medical conditions that require treatment.

Silicon Valley Orthoapedics can recommend conservative treatment options for a dislocated shoulder. Icing the shoulder may reduce pain and swelling symptoms. Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds can also provide aids, such as a sling, to immobilize the joint.

Do not attempt to manipulate the shoulder back into position. You could cause damage to supporting tissues, like the ligaments that connect to the collar bone. Your doctor at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics can perform a procedure called a reduction, which is used to gently reposition the joint.

Recurrent Shoulder Dislocation

Recurrent shoulder dislocation may indicate an associated injury or other medical issue. If you do not seek treatment, the problem may progressively worsen with time. Wear and tear in the joint can be reduced or stopped with effective treatment at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics.

Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds may recommend surgery, depending on the nature and severity of any shoulder injury or damage. For a comprehensive shoulder examination, book an appointment at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics in California today.

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