Shoulder Dislocation

Shoulder Dislocation Symptoms & Treatment

A shoulder dislocation occurs when the top of the upper arm bone, the humerus, slips out of the socket of the shoulder blade formed by the scapula at the shoulder joint. Because the shoulder is not as stable as other joints, this injury is common. A shoulder dislocation is extremely painful at the time of injury and should be evaluated immediately by an orthopedist. Other symptoms include: 

  • Shoulder pain
  • The arm positioned slightly away from the body with the forearm turned outward
  • A loss of the rounded contour of the deltoid muscle


Shoulder dislocations require the shoulder to be put back into its normal position, or "reduced." The patient receives anesthesia so the doctor can manipulate the bones back into position without causing further damage to the shoulder joint. Ligaments within the shoulder are torn making the shoulder joint less stable, which may require additional treatment. If a patient continues to have recurrent or repeat shoulder dislocations, a surgical solution may be necessary.

Why choose Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists?

The shoulder doctors at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists have the training, expertise, and experience to assess, diagnose, and treat your injury or condition individually to your needs.

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To learn more about the treatment options available for shoulder dislocation, please request an appointment online, or call 888-660-2663.

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Appointment Resources

Once you have scheduled your appointment with one of our shoulder doctors, please use the link below to obtain our new patient forms and browse through our tips and preparation suggestions for your appointment. 

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