Dislocated shoulder first aid is very useful to know because this is the most common joint in the body to be popped out of position. The versatility and movement range of the shoulder means it isn’t that stable compared to other joints. If you should dislocate your shoulder, or someone else experiences this injury, first aid can make things more comfortable until treatment is sought.
Firstly, never try to put the joint back in place yourself. Not only is this very difficult to do, it can lead to trapped nerves and other issues within the joint. Instead, don’t move the upper part of the arm and keep the shoulder stable. If you have a pillow or cushion you can place under the arm, so much the better. A sling could also be fashioned from a jumper or tie or something similar, tied around the neck and used to support the lower arm in the usual position across the chest when a sling is used.
Always seek medical help at a casualty department
Getting to casualty as quickly as possible is imperative when you suspect you have a dislocated shoulder. This is not an injury that can be treated at home. You will receive painkillers before the joint is manoeuvred back into place. In some instances, you might end up in theatre and receive a general anaesthetic before the procedure takes place.
This type of injury can occur if you trip or fall over and land heavily on your shoulder or upper arm. You might also experience it if you are in a car accident. Wearing a seat belt can protect you from many serious injuries, but if the impact is severe enough, your shoulder could pop out of position.
Going beyond dislocated shoulder first aid
If you suffer this injury, you’ll want to get it treated so you can start the recovery process as quickly as possible. Dislocated shoulder first aid is the first step in getting better, but you can also seek advice from other quarters regarding your injury, especially relating to the chances of getting compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline has sought compensation on behalf of many clients who have called us on 0800 689 0500. Some have phoned from their mobiles on 0333 500 0993 too, and you can do the same. We are always here to provide no-obligation advice when you need it.
Date Published: February 13, 2017
Author: Rob Steen