Everyone knows what a dislocated shoulder is, but are you aware of any different dislocated shoulder types? There are three types of dislocation, but they all involve the joint, which is called a ball and socket joint, being put back in its normal position so you can eventually use your arm and shoulder again.
The three types of dislocation are as follows. The first is called an anterior dislocation, which occurs when the dislocation happens towards the front of the body. You might then correctly guess a posterior dislocation is a backward dislocation of the bone. The final type is an inferior dislocation. This doesn’t mean it is inferior to the other two; rather, that it is a downward dislocation. You might be able to look at the joint and see what it is likely to be, because of how your shoulder looks.
What is done to repair the joint?
The process of putting a dislocated shoulder back into its correct position is known as reduction. Often, the shoulder can be put back through non-operative means. You will be given a local anaesthetic to ensure you don’t feel anything – otherwise, it would be extremely painful. The doctor will then move your arm and shoulder until the ball goes back into the socket.
It is rare for someone to need surgery following a dislocation, but it can be required. Sometimes, dislocating your shoulder puts you at a greater risk of doing it again in the future. If you have a physical job that may mean you are at risk of another dislocation, you may be recommended for surgery.
Can you claim compensation for any of these dislocated shoulder types?
You might be able to receive compensation if you can produce proof that a third party was the cause of whatever accident you suffered that led to this injury. This can be easy to do, but it can also be difficult. Every situation is different.
That’s why it is always good to benefit from no-obligation advice – and Accident Advice Helpline is here to make sure you can get that advice when you need it most. Calling us on 0800 689 0500 is free and easy. You could also try our online test, available here now, or ring from your mobile phone on 0333 500 0993. Whatever method you use to contact us, we are here to help.