What is the treatment for a dislocated shoulder?
The initial treatment for a dislocated shoulder is a joint reduction. A frank dislocation is a clinical emergency and should be addressed quickly. Reductions can happen spontaneously or require the assistance of a medical professional. The manual manipulation of the humeral head back into the glenoid socket is imperative to proper healing.
Following the reduction of the shoulder joint, diagnostic imaging is performed to determine the extent of the injury. A dislocated shoulder may require surgery to repair detached or stretched ligaments. Direct repair of these ligaments reduces the risk of recurrent dislocation, and also reduces the risk of shoulder arthritis that may result from damage to the cartilage surfaces. Dr. Riley J. Williams, orthopedic shoulder surgeon, successfully treats patients in Manhattan, New York City, and the surrounding New York boroughs who have suffered a shoulder dislocation and who need surgery for shoulder instability and shoulder dislocations.