Recurrent Shoulder Dislocation
If you have dislocated your shoulder once, the chances are that it will happen again. The good news is that the older you are the less chance there is of it happening.
THE CAUSE OF RECURRENT DISLOCATION OF SHOULDER
The shoulder is a shallow ball and socket joint that gives us a vast range of movement unlike the hip which has a deep socket. This is why we have the problem of the shoulder repeatedly popping out!
SYMPTOMS OF RECURRENT DISLOCATION OF SHOULDER
The symptoms will be the same as dislocation of the shoulder except perhaps not so severe. Your shoulder will feel out of place, distorted and in pain, and you may loose some feeling in your shoulder as the displaced bone can pinch the nerves.
On the inside, dislocation of the shoulder usually means damage to the joint capsule, damage to the soft tissues that actually keep the ball in the socket, or, the tissues were stripped off the bone and have lost their tension.
TREATMENT FOR RECURRENT DISLOCATION OF SHOULDER
Surgery is needed to tighten the tissues that hold the shoulder joint in place or the tissues may have to be newly attached.
PREVENTION OF SHOULDER/RECURRENT SHOULDER DISLOCATION
Protective equipment can be worn but a word of warning.
- A hard shoulder protector used by a player in contact sports can injure others.
- Protective devices can give a player a sense of security which may lead them to play more aggressively leading to injury to themselves or others.