Human beings are subject to movement. Your existence is fully dependent on movement within the body and the movement of the body as a whole. Of the many different joints in your body, the shoulder is the most flexible. It can turn in several different directions at will and with ease. The downside to this flexibility is that you can easily have shoulder dislocations.
Shoulder dislocations can be partial or complete. Partial shoulder dislocation is when the head of the upper bone of the arm (humerus) is, in part, out of its socket (glenoid). A complete dislocation occurs when the humerus is all out of the socket. As a result, both forms of dislocations cause impaired shoulder movements, usually coupled with severe pain at the joint.
The symptoms of joint dislocations are easy to identify. As a patient, you will present with a deformity at the affected joint coupled with swelling or numbness. The affected limb is also weak, and you might have difficulty in carrying out some of your typical days to day activities. All this, together with excruciating pain, will calm even the strongest of you.
You need to note that this condition is, in most cases, not fatal, and relief can is easily attained and swiftly. Dislocation of joints can happen to anyone, and the residents of Plano TX and its environs are not an exception.
In the event of dislocation, residents, and visitors alike from Plano TX or anywhere on the face of the earth should seek medical attention. It is highly recommended that you seek the attention of properly trained and certified professionals. Your doctor will examine the extent of your dislocation to establish whether muscle spasm around the affected joint is causing an increase in the severity of the pain you feel.
Your doctor may also want to have an X-ray scan taken to guide the approach of their management plan further. Remember, you must let your doctor know of the events that led to your shoulder’s dislocation. Also, inform the doctor of your previous shoulder dislocations.
After proper examination of the degree of damage caused by the dislocation by your doctor, they will return the ball at the top of the bone of the upper arm back into its socket. Relief should be felt almost immediately with the disappearance of your pain. The process of returning your shoulder bone to its socket is referred to as a closed reduction and should be performed by a trained professional.
Furthermore, a period of rest and rehabilitation will be useful for you. Your doctor may see it fit to immobilize the affected arm using an arm sling or any other appropriate device. After the pain, tenderness, or swelling on the shoulder joint has subsided, your doctor may prescribe a set of rehabilitation exercises. These exercises will help to restore the strength of the shoulder joint and further strengthen it and reduce recurrent dislocations. The training will begin with simple muscle exercises and progress to heavier weight lifting exercises.
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