What is the difference between a separated vs dislocated shoulder? You may know what a dislocation is – this happens when the end of a bone pops out of its socket. This can happen to the shoulder more commonly than any other joint because of the incredible range of motion it usually has. Conversely, a separated shoulder is not an injury to the bones or the joint, but to the ligaments in the shoulder.
In a sense, a separated shoulder is more like a sprain. The ligaments do stretch to a degree, but if they stretch too far they can tear. This only happens when the shoulder is severely injured, and it can be very painful.
How can you tell whether you have a separated vs dislocated shoulder?
In both cases, you will experience a great deal of pain – more so if the separation involves an actual tear to the ligament and not just a case of overstretching it. A dislocation is sometimes visible, with the shoulder looking out of place and the joint clearly different from how it normally looks.
If you suspect one or the other, or you have an accident and you cannot move your shoulder and it is causing you a lot of pain, make sure you don’t try to move it. Keep the joint as stable as you can – putting a pillow or something similar underneath your armpit to make it more comfortable. You should then visit your nearest A&E department to seek advice on what you have done.
Could you make a claim for your injury?
It doesn’t matter what type of shoulder injury you have. A separated vs dislocated shoulder simply identifies the injury rather than revealing who was at fault for causing the injury to occur. If a third party can be confirmed as the guilty party, you may have a good opportunity to seek compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline can help further if you call now on 0800 689 0500. If ringing from a mobile, please call 0333 500 0993. In either case, you can speak to a courteous and professional advisor to determine if there is proof of negligence to support any case you may wish to make. With a chance to make a no-win, no-fee claim, it does make good sense to make that call to us now, so you can see if a claim is possible.
Date Published: February 13, 2017
Author: Rob Steen