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The Importance of Treating a Shoulder Dislocation

Written by: Dr. Carlos Torrens Canovas
Edited by: Patricia Pujante Crespo

The shoulder dislocation is the total loss of contact between the articular surface of the humeral head and the articular surface of the glenoid. In other words, when the humerus leaves its usual location and moves normally forward, a shoulder dislocation occurs.

A shoulder dislocation is a displacement of the humerus from its usual place


Main causes of shoulder dislocation

Shoulder dislocation is a typical pathology of young people and initially occurs due to trauma in the course of a sporting activity, although there are also cases of patients suffering from dislocations in usual daily movements.


Symptoms of a Shoulder Dislocation

At the time of dislocation a lot of pain occurs and it is impossible to move the arm. This is why, in patients with episodes of dislocation, it is not advisable to practice risk sports, as they may have unfortunate consequences. In patients who have already had several episodes of dislocation, the movement itself is usually limited to prevent relapse, which is very disabling for a young individual.


Treatment of a shoulder dislocation

In acute dislocation, the correct treatment is, after obtaining the specialist in Traumatology a correct study of image, the reduction of dislocation , usually by simple traction. When a recurrent dislocation occurs, then the treatment of choice is surgical , to avoid further luxation.

The lesions can usually be corrected by non-invasive techniques such as arthroscopy , but in more advanced phases open surgery techniques are required by bony stops.


Consequences of poorly healed shoulder dislocation

Failure to treat this condition early can lead to earlier joint (osteoarthritis) deterioration than in the general population due to repetitive trauma occurring in each episode. In addition, the persistence of dislocations over time normally affects the patient's quality of life, being limited for most of his activities.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Carlos Torrens Canovas
Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Torrens is a traumatologist and specialist in Shoulder Surgery. Currently, he is responsible for the Shoulder Unit of the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona and is part of the surgery team of the Clinic Mi Tres Torres.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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