A shoulder dislocation occurs when the upper arm bone (humerus) moves away from the shoulder blade (scapula) at the glenohumeral joint. While this joint allows for a wider range of motion than most joints it is also not as stable as other joints and therefore is more susceptible to dislocation injuries.
Shoulder dislocations are generally the result of a fall or sports related injury. Symptoms include a fairly significant amount of pain, difficulty moving the arm and a loss of the normal rounded contour of the deltoid muscle. Shoulder dislocations need to be “reduced” or put back in place under the care of Dr. Joseph Hecht.
If shoulder dislocations are not adequately treated, they can reoccur. Cartilage (labrum) or rotator cuff tears are common with dislocations depending on your age and can contribute to this re-occurrence.
Treatment Options for Shoulder Dislocation
- Anti-inflammatory Medication – Dr. Hecht may prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication for a period of time to calm/lessen the pain caused by the inflammation.
- Physical Therapy Many times a patient will attempt physical therapy for a period of time to improve shoulder stability. This is often successful but it does depending on the amount of instability, the age of the patient, and the desired activities.
- Strengthening exercise and PT after surgery A successful outcome with surgery is dependent upon a dedicated and supervised rehabilitation program. Patients are referred to physical therapy where they work one-on-one with a licensed physical therapist 2-3 times/week to regain range of motion, strength, and the ability to perform desired activities. The overall length of physical therapy varies depending on the procedures performed.
Why Dr. Joseph Hecht?
Dr. Hecht is board certified in orthopedic surgery, providing expert knowledge and expertise in the area of shoulder conditions and treatment options. As one of the top Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland shoulder surgeons, Dr. Hecht brings years of valuable experience to every shoulder assessment.