A slip and fall accident can cause a wide range of injuries. One of these is a dislocated shoulder. A dislocated shoulder occurs when the upper arm bone pops out of the cup-shaped socket near the shoulder. A dislocated shoulder can be extremely painful.
It is important that a dislocated shoulder be properly treated. If the injury is not properly treated, it is very likely that complications may arise. Not taking care of the dislocation in the right way makes the shoulder much more susceptible to nerve damage as well as re-injury.
Many victims are not aware of what it takes to properly treat a dislocated shoulder. It is important that you are knowledgeable on treating a dislocated shoulder.
Four common ways a shoulder that has been dislocated will be treated are:
- Closed reduction. A doctor may try to gently maneuver the shoulder bones back into their proper position. The process of doing so is called closed reduction. Once the shoulder is back in place, the severe pain associated with the dislocation is reduced.
- Surgery. Some instances of dislocation may need to surgery to properly fix it. This is most often used for those with a weak shoulder joint or ligaments and those who tend to have recurring dislocations.
- Immobilization. The doctor may want to immobilize the shoulder. This is done with a special splint or sling. The shoulder may be immobilized anywhere from a few days to three weeks.
- Rehabilitation. After the shoulder splint or sling is removed, the doctor will likely suggest rehabilitation. There are special ways to rehabilitate the range of motion and strength of the shoulder.