Shoulder and Elbow Dislocation

UPPER ARM BONE LEAVES THE SHOULDER SOCKET


Our consultants offer advanced treatment of musculoskeletal conditions affecting the shoulder and elbow

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What is a dislocated shoulder? 

A shoulder dislocation happens when the upper end of the arm bone (humerus) comes out of the shoulder socket. It typically happens through sports injury or falls or those with hypermobility (loose joints). At our facilities, we offer premium diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions affecting the shoulder and elbow.

Need to know

Dislocations often happen during sports activity such as skiing or rugby. The symptoms are very noticeable, mainly a square or bulging shoulder as the shoulder joint pops out from the front. Your dislocation will have been reduced by first aid or emergency services.
X-ray, CT and MRI scanning are used to characterise damage to the shoulder. Your consultant can then discuss whether surgery may be needed to repair the damage, or to reduce the risk of further dislocations so your shoulder remains stable.
Most shoulder dislocations benefit from physiotherapy. Some shoulders need a short keyhole operation to repair torn structures inside. This is usually a day case procedure. Collision athletes, and those whose shoulders have dislocated again despite previous keyhole operations, may be advised to undergo a more complex bone operation to rebuild the socket.

Our Shoulder and Elbow Dislocation locations

Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH)

Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH)

170 Tottenham Court Road W1T 7HA London
The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.