Ailments & ConditionsYour Health

Dislocated Shoulder – Symptoms, Causes, Treatments

A dislocated shoulder occurs when the bone in the upper arm pops out of your cup-shaped socket, which is a part of the shoulder blade. This is one of the most common joint injuries because the shoulder is a mobile joint. People with the problem can find it more difficult to move their arms and upper body. It often takes around 3 to 4 months to recover from a dislocation. In this article, we will show you several common symptoms, causes, and treatments for a dislocated shoulder.

Symptoms of a Dislocated Shoulder

A dislocated shoulder can cause a popping sound or feeling, which eventually leads to severe and sudden pain. Bruising and swelling might appear quickly after the injury or trauma as well. There would be visible deform or the shoulder would look out-of-place. Due to pain and inflammation, moving the shoulder can be possible until this part is relocated. You can notice a dislocated shoulder easily because it tends to hang lower than the other side. Also, you might see a groove or depression in the lateral muscle of your shoulder. Other symptoms include muscle weakness, tingling, and numbness in the hand or arm. If damages occur to blood vessels, the hand and lower arm on the affected side might turn into a bluish color and feel cold. [1]