A dislocation is when a joint is out of place. The shoulder joint frequently dislocates or comes out of place forward (anterior – see image to the left), downward or backwards (posterior – see image below) (the arm bones pops out of its socket). An anterior shoulder dislocation often occurs when the shoulder is bent backwards or pulled outward. When a shoulder dislocates often, this is known as shoulder instability. When a shoulder partially dislocates, this is when the arm bone partially comes out of the shoulder socket. The shoulder can dislocate forward, backward or downward.
When this occurs, the arm appears out of position. Pain, along with muscle spasms, swelling, numbness, weakness and bruising occur.
When the shoulder dislocates, we need to be careful that ligaments, nerves and the joint capsule are all intact. A shoulder dislocation is treated by relocating the shoulder joint back into position. This procedure, often performed by a medical doctor, will position the arm back into the shoulder joint. Usually following a relocation, the patient will require a sling, apply ice to the area and enter a rehabilitation problem. The goal of our rehabilitation problem is to restore the range of motion of the shoulder, strengthen muscles, decrease pain, and prevent future dislocations.
Dr. Luciano Di Loreto (Chiropractor) and his team of health therapists can help you rehabilitate a shoulder dislocation with active exercises as well as passive treatments. Passive treatments include electrotherapy, laser therapy (healing), ultrasound (healing), hot/cold therapy and soft tissue therapy.
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