A dislocated shoulder occurs when the end of the shoulder bone is displaced from its normal position. This can be an extremely painful injury and can be caused by a fall or direct contact with another person or object. Severe pain and swelling will result and the joint will appear deformed. Before you begin treating a dislocated shoulder, phone for medical help as the bone will have to be put back in its place by a professional. Never try to do this yourself. Do not try to move the joint as you may push it further out of place.
Instead, try to splint the joint if you know how to. Attach splints covered with padding or towels above and below the bone, keeping the bone in its current position. Again, medical help should be sought as soon as possible to move the bone back into place and to prevent blood supply from being blocked. Put ice on the injury, wrapping it in a cloth or clean towel. This will help to reduce swelling and a build-up of fluids around the affected joint. If the person goes into shock, keep them warm and comfortable, reassuring them until help arrives.
Accidents causing a dislocated shoulder
If you are treating a dislocated shoulder, you should always seek medical attention. If you have suffered from the injury, it may have occurred while taking park in a contact sport or it may have been the result of a fall. You could have been involved in a road traffic collision which caused your injuries. Road traffic accidents can cause severe injuries to those involved, particularly if someone was driving recklessly. They may have been speeding, driving while under the influence of drink or drugs or they may have been distracted while on the road.
If you have been injured as a result of a car accident, you may be able to claim for compensation if the accident was the fault of another road user. Contact Accident Advice Helpline if you need advice. We are a law firm which specialises in helping victims of negligence and we can help you through the compensation claims process. Should there be evidence someone was at fault for your accident or injury, you could win some compensation to help you financially with any time off work or any medical costs.
Date Published: October 1, 2014
Author: David Brown