Have you had an accident in the past three years that caused your shoulder to be dislocated? If you have, getting your dislocated shoulder put back in place should be the first thing you think of. No one should ever try to do this themselves, though, because it is not an easy process (despite what you might think if you have seen fictional characters do it in films or on television).
The process must be done professionally by medical experts, because the presence of many tendons, ligaments and other soft tissues inside the shoulder means further injury can occur if it is not done properly. Some people end up with nerve damage after dislocating their shoulder, too, so having the joint repositioned through reduction – the proper name for the process – is very important.
How is a dislocated shoulder put back in place?
Once you are at the hospital, your shoulder will probably be x-rayed to determine whether there are any broken bones present, or other injuries that may not be apparent. This will also help the medical team see where your bone has come out of the socket.
They will then perform a reduction under a local anaesthetic, which means you can sit up on the bed and have your arm put back in place, but you won’t feel anything when this happens. Once this is done, you can normally go home, but you will be given a sling to keep your shoulder immobilised so you can begin the recovery process. Make sure you follow instructions to get the best recovery you can once your shoulder is back in its proper place.
Did your injury point to negligence?
Putting a dislocated shoulder back in place isn’t pleasant, but it must be done before you can start to recover. Even then, some people experience problems following a dislocated shoulder, and they may be at greater risk of doing it again in the future.
Once you are on the road to recovery, you might start thinking about the possibility of seeking compensation for your injury. If you didn’t cause your accident to happen, someone else might have done – even if they never intended to hurt anyone. Accident Advice Helpline can help clarify your situation, so call 0800 689 0500 free, or use your mobile to ring our team today on 0333 500 0993 to find out more.
Date Published: March 2, 2017
Author: Rob Steen