There are several bones that are found in the shoulder joint. Your collarbone, your shoulder blade, and your upper arm bone combine to make this joint. The part of your upper arm connected to the shoulder joint is ball-shaped and fits into the socket of the shoulder blade, creating the area of the shoulder known as the joint. In a healthy person free from injury, this ball will remain tightly in the socket. Unfortunately, many people have experienced the painful and uncomfortable sensation that is dislocating their shoulder—a problem in which the ball pops out of the socket.
There are two different types of dislocation: partial and full. During a partial dislocation, the ball partly pops out of the socket; during a full dislocation, the ball is popped entirely free from the socket. The latter is often more painful and presents significantly more medical problems than a partial dislocation. There are a number of things that can lead to a dislocated shoulder. Being the most mobile joints in the human body, these joints are also the easiest to dislocate. Some of the most common things that can cause shoulder dislocations include sports injuries, falls, seizures, and accidents from vehicles or heavy machinery.
If you suspect that your shoulder is dislocated then you should make a point of seeking medical attention immediately. While you’re waiting for medical attention, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. At all costs you should avoid moving the joint—this will cause pain and discomfort and can extend the healing process. Trying to set the joint without the aid of a doctor can also cause further damage. Putting ice on the joint can help to eliminate some of the pain and make it more comfortable for you while waiting for medical attention. If you suspect that you have dislocated your shoulder, it could be useful to read the following list of symptoms. Doing so can help you determine whether or not you need to seek medical attention.
Symptom #1: Deformed Shoulder
One of the most common visual symptoms associated with a shoulder dislocation is a physical deformity. Since the ball will have popped out of the socket, you may be able to actually observe this change by looking at the shoulder.
If the shoulder area seems to be misshapen, has a large bump or indent, then you may have dislocated the shoulder joint. If you’re experiencing this in conjunction with some other symptoms then you should consider seeing a doctor.