Did you know that the shoulder is one of the most common joints in the body to dislocate? That’s because the upper arm sits in an extremely shallow socket, making it very mobile but also very unstable. If you think you have dislocated your shoulder then you need to go to A&E for a dislocated shoulder diagnosis. This will normally take the form of an x-ray, to determine if you have fractured any bones. If you have actually dislocated your shoulder, your arm will need to be manipulated back into the shoulder joint using a process called ‘reduction’.
Your doctor will usually give you painkillers (and sometimes a sedative) before manually rotating your arm around your shoulder joint until it pops back into its socket. In some cases, surgery may also be needed if you have torn tissues, tendons and ligaments surrounding the injured shoulder.
Do I need to have a dislocated shoulder diagnosis?
It’s important to have a proper dislocated shoulder diagnosis if you think you may have dislocated your shoulder. It’s usually pretty obvious if that is what has happened, and common signs are:
- Your shoulder and arm are very painful
- You can’t move your arm
- Your shoulder appears square rather than round
- You may see a bulge or lump under the skin at the front of the shoulder
Your shoulder needs to be manipulated back into its socket, and if you try to do this yourself you could cause further damage. If you have torn ligaments and tendons surrounding your shoulder, this will also need to be assessed by a doctor, and of course you need to check that there are no broken bones. The medical report your doctor creates can provide useful evidence if you later decide to make a personal injury claim with Accident Advice Helpline.
How much compensation for a dislocated shoulder?
There is no one set amount you could receive if you have been unlucky enough to dislocate your shoulder after a slip, trip or fall. If somebody else was to blame for your accident, then Accident Advice Helpline can help you to get the compensation you’re entitled to, and you can take the 30-second test on our website for an idea of how much compensation you could receive. We handle every claim on an individual basis, and we offer advice in confidence, with no obligation to proceed with a claim.
So whether you have recently dislocated your shoulder and want to find out more about making a claim or it’s been a while since your accident and you are ready to claim the compensation you deserve, you can call us on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more.
Date Published: February 24, 2017
Author: Rob Steen