Dislocated shoulder

The shoulder is highly mobile. It allows a wide range of movement, meaning you can twist and bend your arm in many directions. The only downside is that this flexibility means the joint is unstable and can pop out of place easily. 

If you suspect your shoulder is dislocated, please call an ambulance or go to A&E immediately. After your shoulder is put back in place, our experienced bodywork practitioners can help reduce pain, strengthen and rehabilitate your shoulder. 

If you dislocate your shoulder, you’ll feel extreme pain. You’ll be unable to move the shoulder and will feel numbness or weakness.

Your shoulder may look square rather than round and you may also be able to see a bulge under the skin at the front of the shoulder.

A dislocated shoulder occurs when the humerus (the upper arm bone) pops out of the shoulder blade. This is due to trauma to the shoulder blade, perhaps caused during contact sports or when falling on outstretched hands.

It’s more likely to occur in individuals who have loose joints, hyper flexibility, or a history of shoulder injury.

Our osteopaths and chiropractors will assess the extent of your injury, offer gentle therapy and develop a specialised treatment plan to reduce pain and stiffness so that you regain full mobility.

Our therapists will use techniques like joint mobilisation, soft tissue release and fascia release in order to rehabilitate your shoulder. They’ll work with you to build up strength in your shoulder muscles to reduce the likelihood of it happening again.

Dislocating your shoulder once can increase the chance that it may happen again, but by receiving treatment and strengthening exercises from our osteopaths and chiropractors, you can reduce your risk of re-dislocation.

Acupuncture may also be useful in reducing pain, helping you return to your best, faster.

What’s next?

If you have dislocated your shoulder, our osteopaths and chiropractors can relieve your pain while strengthening your shoulder and reducing your risk of re-injury.

Bring your body back into balance with our osteopaths and chiropractors. Connect with us below, and we'll be in touch shortly.

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