If you suspect that you’ve dislocated your shoulder, you can turn to the orthopedic experts at North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic for the quality treatment you need. We’ve been assisting patients with a wide array of orthopedic issues since our Durham, North Carolina, office first opened in 2003, and we’re pleased to offer first-rate treatment for shoulder dislocations.

How to Tell if You Have a Dislocated Shoulder

Shoulder dislocations occur when a strong impact or excessive rotation forces the humerus (the upper arm bone) to pop out of the shoulder socket. If you dislocated your shoulder, you probably experienced intense pain and a sudden inability to move your shoulder joint at the moment of dislocation. Other symptoms of a dislocated shoulder include:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • A visible deformity
  • Muscle spasms

How to Treat a Dislocated Shoulder

If there’s a chance that you’ve dislocated your shoulder, you shouldn’t delay seeking professional treatment. A physician will likely need to perform a closed reduction procedure, which involves using gentle force to maneuver your shoulder joint back into the proper position. However, if you’ve experienced this issue numerous times in the past, or if you’ve injured the nerves and tissues around your shoulder, you may need to explore the option of surgery.

Get the Treatment You Need

You can feel confident entrusting your care to the skilled orthopedists at North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic. Our Durham, NC, office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and we’ll get you in for treatment of a dislocated shoulder as soon as we possibly can. Contact us if you need directions to our office or if you have any other questions.