A Partial Dislocation is not always easy to diagnose because in most cases, the shoulder will not be visibly deformed as in the case of a total shoulder dislocation. In some cases, there will be a visible sign that the shoulder has partially dislocated. An x-ray of the and other imaging techniques such as a CT scan or MRI of the shoulder will usually be needed in order to accurately diagnose this condition. The symptoms you may experience with Shoulder Subluxation are:
● Significant pain in the shoulder joint
● A feeling of instability or looseness of the shoulder
● A feeling that your shoulder goes ‘in and out”
● Difficulty moving the joint
● SwellingIf You Are Experiencing Symptoms, Schedule an Appointment Dr. Burke Orthopedics Immediately.
Treatment for a subluxation is usually conservative. After your doctor has been able to place the humeral head back into the appropriate positioning within the socket (called a closed reduction), acute pain should significantly decrease. Then, a course of physical therapy will be ordered to maximally strengthen all of the muscles surrounding the shoulder in order to prevent future subluxations. Placing your shoulder in a brace for a time in order to allow healing to occur may be suggested as well as pain medications. Surgery will only be indicated in the case of chronically recurring subluxations.