Shoulder Dislocations

What are Shoulder Dislocations and how are they treated?

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What is a Shoulder Dislocation?

The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. It is the most mobile joint in the body. It is also the joint that most commonly dislocates. Common causes of shoulder dislocations include the following:

  • Sports injuries
  • Non-sports related accidents
  • Falls

The signs and symptoms of a dislocated shoulder include the following:

  • Severe pain
  • A noticeable deformity
  • Inability to move the shoulder
  • Swelling
  • Bruising

Patients who sustain a shoulder dislocation may need to seek emergency medical attention to have their shoulder put back in place. Once the shoulder is in place, patients should follow up with a Shoulder Specialist. The shoulder specialists at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates are able to effectively treat shoulder dislocations and prevent them from reoccurring


How is it treated?

Nonsurgical treatment options such as pain medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and injections may be used to help control pain and inflammation. Physical therapy may be used to help strengthen the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the shoulder to ensure the shoulder does not dislocate again. In some cases, surgery may be recommended. The Shoulder Specialists at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates are experts at performing arthroscopic shoulder surgery.

Should I Make An Appointment?

Patients who are experiencing shoulder pain should not delay a diagnosis. Effective treatment solutions are readily available when patients make an appointment with one of our Fellowship Trained and Board Certified Shoulder Specialists:

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Dr. Gregory D. Byrd

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Dr. Bradley C. Christ

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Dr. Dominic Femiano

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Dr. Tracy Hamblin

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Dr. Thomas Helpenstell

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Dr. R. Trent McKay

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Dr. Ryan E. Will

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Dr. Williams Peterson

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Dr. Jerome Zechmann

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Dr. P. Brodie Wood

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Countless patients have seen their shoulder pain reduced or eliminated shortly after they receive their treatment plan. Patients may request an appointment online or call our office.

Recent Patient Testimonials

“Dr. McKay performed a repair to my right shoulder to include my rotator cuff, removed built-up arthritis and bone spurs. I now have no pain and consider the repairs to my shoulder to be a 100% recovery.  Dr. McKay is a miracle worker, because he was not sure he could repair it all, but he did and I would recommend him to anyone!!!”
Connie T.

Treated by: R. Trent McKay, MD

“My experience with Dr. Peterson with a knee and shoulder surgeries have been very pleasant and what I consider as very well done. He is very pleasant and knowledgeable with explaining what will be done with the surgeries. Very pleased with everyone at the clinic.”
Reba M.

Treated by: William Peterson, MD

I was extremely nervous because I was afraid I had hurt myself to the point of needing surgery. Dr. Helpenstell was very pleasant and made me feel at ease from the second we met. I was no longer scared and really felt that he cared about me personally. Not just some anonymous person. I would recommend anyone to go see Dr Helpenstell.”
Cindy B.

Treated by: Thomas Helpenstell, MD


Are You Ready To Take The Next Steps?

We encourage you to contact our care coordinators or make an appointment with one of our Board-Certified & Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Specialists at Olympia Orthopaedics.

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