The shoulder is known as a ball and socket joint. This means the ball at the top end of the bone in the upper arm sits inside the socket of the shoulder. Muscles, tendons and ligaments keep the two elements in place together, and they also allow for the huge range of movement we have in our shoulders. A simple dislocated shoulder definition refers to a situation whereby the end of the upper arm bone pops out of the socket of the shoulder and must be put back again by a trained medical professional.
While it sounds like a simple injury, it is anything but. Not only will the person experience severe pain and have little to no movement in their arm and shoulder, they will also notice their shoulder looks very different now. The displacement of the arm bone means the shoulder can look different, a key sign of a dislocation.
What else does a dislocated shoulder definition indicate?
It is very common to experience damage to the tendons, ligaments and muscles in the shoulder as well. This doesn’t always happen, but they can be stretched beyond their usual range because the shoulder pops out of position. This means you not only have to get through the pain of the dislocation (you will be numbed when your arm is put back in its rightful place), you will also have the pain of recovering from soft tissue damage.
While most people get better gradually without the need for any surgery, there are cases where people end up requiring surgery to mend tears in ligaments and other soft tissues. One thing to remember with a dislocated shoulder is that once you’ve done it once, the odds of doing it again tip in the wrong direction. Surgery can reduce the chances of you doing it again.
Does your shoulder injury point to a potential compensation claim?
You may be able to claim compensation if you can prove a third party caused the accident that led to your dislocated shoulder. Now you know the proper dislocated shoulder definition, it’s time to find out the definition of a no-win, no-fee* claim, too. If you have evidence of negligence, a personal injury lawyer can help.
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Date Published: February 22, 2017
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Shoulder injury claim