Shoulder Dislocation


Shoulder Dislocation

A dislocated shoulder occurs when the upper arm bone pops out of the cup-shaped socket that is part of your shoulder blade. Because the shoulder is the body’s most mobile joint, it is prone to dislocation.

If you injure the tissues or nerves surrounding the shoulder, or if you experience repeated dislocations, you may require surgery.


A shoulder that is visibly deformed or out of place

Bruising or swelling

Extreme pain

Difficulty moving the joint


Take precautions to avoid falls.

When participating in contact sports, wear protective equipment.

Exercise on a regular basis to keep your joints and muscles strong and flexible.


The first step is a closed reduction, which is a procedure in which your doctor replaces the ball of your upper arm in its socket. You could start by taking pain relievers and relaxing your shoulder muscles. The severe pain should subside once the joint is replaced.

The next step is to wear a sling or another device to keep your shoulder in place. You’ll be wearing it for a few days to a few weeks.

After the pain and swelling have subsided, the third step is rehabilitation. You will perform exercises to increase your range of motion and muscle strength.