Do you have an active two-year-old? Dislocated shoulder injuries can and do happen, and sometimes they can happen to young children. The shoulder is an incredibly mobile joint – it must be, because of the range of things we need to be able to do with our arms. Aside from the ball and socket joint being in use, there are tendons, ligaments and muscles – not to mention nerves – that help us have feeling and movement in this area.
A dislocated shoulder is painful and cannot be moved, and comes with a range of symptoms. Most people are aware they have dislocated their shoulder because it looks different from how it usually would. So, just imagine how it would feel if you had a two-year-old with a dislocated shoulder – particularly if it happened because of someone else’s negligence.
Your two-year-old with a dislocated shoulder and how to cope
This injury must be seen by someone in a casualty or A&E unit. The sooner it is treated, the faster the recovery can begin. No one other than a medical professional should put the bone back into its socket. If it is not done correctly, further damage to nerves and soft tissues in the area can be done.
When this is done at the hospital, the arm and shoulder will be numbed to prevent the person from feeling any pain. In the case of a young child, it may be done under general anaesthetic. It’s not the most pleasant experience, after all, and putting a young child through it while they are awake can be difficult.
Can you find out whether someone else was at fault for the accident?
Dislocated shoulders can happen whenever someone receives a severe blow to their shoulder. They could be struck by something, i.e. a car or even a sign falling from a building, or they could fall and hit their shoulder awkwardly enough to cause it to dislocate.
This means it isn’t always easy to tell whether a third party was responsible for your two-year-old’s dislocated shoulder, especially if they were under the care of someone else at the time. To find out what happened and whether you could claim on their behalf, simply call 0800 689 0500 now. This puts you straight through to Accident Advice Helpline’s advisors, as does a call on your mobile to 0333 500 0993, so be sure you get in touch.