Shoulder dislocation

Upper arm bone leaves the shoulder socket

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

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

  • What are the symptoms of a dislocated shoulder? icon plus

    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.
  • Diagnosing a shoulder dislocation icon plus

    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.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    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 consultants

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic experts, specialising in upper limb and shoulder conditions, and whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion. Our orthopaedic consultants are supported by a team of experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapists.

Our locations

From complex shoulder surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional orthopaedic care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

Our team can help with any enquiries or you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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