If you have suffered a dislocated shoulder blade then you will most definitely know about it. This type of injury is most common after a sports accident or a slip, trip and fall onto outstretched arms. So if you slip on ice or trip on uneven flooring, you could suffer a dislocated shoulder blade. Symptoms can include:
- Pain and tenderness in the arm and shoulder
- Inability to move your arm
- Shoulder appears square rather than round
- Seeing a lump or bulge under the skin in front of the shoulder – that’s the top of your arm bone
Although it’s a fairly common injury – in fact the shoulder is one of the most commonly dislocated joints in the body – a dislocated shoulder can take time to heal. You could be off work for quite some time, as the average recovery time for a dislocation is around 12-16 weeks.
Treatment for a dislocated shoulder blade
Your shoulder will need to be popped back into its socket using a procedure called ‘reduction.’ This involves manually manipulating your shoulder until it pops back in, and is usually carried out under painkillers and sedatives, although general anaesthetic can be used in some cases. If you have suffered tissue damage to the tendons and ligaments surrounding the shoulder blade, you may need to have keyhole surgery to repair the damaged tissue. It’s likely that you’ll need physiotherapy and to carry out regular exercises when going through rehab for a dislocated shoulder, to strengthen your shoulder, help it to heal and regain full mobility in your arm.
Claiming compensation – what happens next?
The good news is that if somebody else caused your accident – for example if you slipped on an icy pavement that should have been cleared by the local council – you could make a claim for personal injury compensation. Since 2000, Accident Advice Helpline has handled hundreds of claims for dislocated shoulder injuries, and you could be next in line to receive a settlement. The best way to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to is to take the 30-second test on our website right now.
Then you can call our freephone helpline to get advice from our expert advisors. We have more than 16 years’ experience specialising in personal injury claims, and our lawyers don’t charge any upfront fees; we provide a 100% no-win, no-fee service. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from mobiles) to find out more about making a claim.