If you’ve dislocated your shoulder, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Luckily, individuals in the Durham, North Carolina, area can rely on North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic for treatment. We’ve been treating patients in this community since 2003, and our fellowship-trained physicians have extensive experience handling shoulder dislocations.

How to Tell if You’ve Dislocated Your Shoulder

The top of your upper arm bone (humerus) fits into a cup-shaped socket in your shoulder blade (scapula). Your shoulder becomes dislocated when something—such as a strong force or excessive rotation—forces your arm bone to pop out of the socket. When this happens, you will likely experience intense pain and an inability to move your shoulder joint. You may also notice:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Visible deformity
  • Muscle spasms

What Does Treatment Involve?

In many cases, we’re able to maneuver the shoulder joint back into place using gentle force (this is referred to as a “closed reduction”). However, surgery may be necessary in some instances, such as when a patient’s shoulder joint has weakened and he or she is repeatedly experiencing dislocations, or when the tissue and nerves around a patient’s shoulder have been injured.

Treatment Available in Durham, NC

If you’re in need of treatment for a dislocated shoulder in Durham, NC, or a nearby area, turn to North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic. While you’re waiting to be treated, try to avoid moving your shoulder as much as possible (a splint or sling may help with this). You can also try icing the area to minimize pain and swelling. Contact us with any questions or for further information.