Shoulder Dislocation – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Goodhart is a renowned orthopedic surgeon practising in Carrollton, TX. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of shoulder conditions, including fractures, sprains, ligament injuries, dislocations etc.

Shoulder Dislocation

Shoulder Dislocation occurs when the humerus gets separated from scapula at the glenohumeral joint. The shoulder is the only joint in the body which offers extensive range of mobility, which makes it prone to dislocation.

Shoulder Dislocation can either be partial or complete. In partial dislocation, humerus is partially out of the glenoid socket but in case of complete dislocation, humerus is completely displaced from its position.

Classification Of Shoulder Dislocation:

  • Anterior Dislocation
  • Posterior Dislocation

Causes Of Shoulder Dislocation

  • Loose ligaments
  • Repetitive strain, particularly in sports like swimming, tennis etc.
  • Multi-directional movement of the shoulder can cause Anterior Dislocation
  • Injury or direct force on the shoulder
  • Trauma

Symptoms Of Shoulder Dislocation

  • Numbness
  • Weakness of shoulder abduction
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Complete loss of shoulder movement

Diagnosis Of Shoulder Dislocation

  • Medical history of patient may reveal recurrent episodes of dislocation
  • Physical examination of the symptoms
  • Axillary radiograph may be conducted to diagnose posterior Shoulder Dislocation
  • In cases with repeated Shoulder Dislocation, MRI scan may be done to rule out any soft tissue injuries.

Treatment For Shoulder Dislocation
Non-surgical treatment:

  • Immediate reduction
  • Immobilization using a shoulder brace or splint
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed to reduce pain and swelling in the joint
  • Physiotherapy may be helpful to strengthen the muscles and ligaments

Surgical treatment:

In cases of recurrent instability of shoulder, surgery may be required. The surgeon may recommend an open or minimally invasive procedure to repair the loose ligaments so that they are better able to hold the shoulder bones in place.


After surgery, a sling may be worn to immobilize the shoulder. Physiotherapy may be required to strengthen the muscles and reduce the formation of scar tissue.

For diagnosis and treatment of Shoulder Dislocation and other orthopedic conditions, visit Dr. Goodhart. To schedule an appointment with the shoulder surgeon in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.