A condition consisting of any kind of displacement of the shoulder joint, often where the head of the upper arm bone (humerus) is abnormally disconnected with the shallow shoulder socket.
A shoulder dislocation can either be partial or full. A partial dislocation is where the head of the upper arm bone temporarily slips out of the socket but eventually returns to its normal position. A full dislocation is where this bone comes completely out of the socket.
Some shoulder dislocations can accompany a fracture, but can also stem from falling on an outstretched arm, incurring a direct blow to the area or forcefully twisting the joint a certain way.
A dislocated shoulder causes pain, tenderness and swelling to the affected area, as well as a potential for numbness and abnormal distortion to the shoulder.
Treatment of a dislocated shoulder can either be done through a closed reduction or open reduction. A closed reduction is where the bone is positioned into its proper place without incision. An open reduction is a surgical procedure that exposes the injured bones in order to position them into place or insert metal plates and screws into the site.
An injury to a joint (the location where two or more bones comes together) in which the ends of the affected bones are forced from their normal positions. A dislocation can either be full or partial.