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Recurrent Shoulder Dislocations – Causes And Treatments

When you have a dislocated shoulder, your upper arm bone is pushed out of the cup-shaped socket. Since the shoulder is the most ambulant body part, it is highly prone to dislocation.

Dislocations can occur due to the loosening of ligaments, tendons, and muscles around the shoulder. In recurrent shoulder dislocations, the tissues lose the ability to keep the arm firmly centered on the shoulder socket.

A shoulder dislocation is categorized as chronic or recurrent if the dislocation lasts for more than one week. To treat recurrent shoulder dislocations, both non-surgical and surgical treatment options are available.



Causes of recurrent shoulder dislocations

There are three major causes of chronic shoulder dislocations:

 

  • Shoulder Dislocation due to trauma

Often, an injury causes the first instance of shoulder dislocation. If the initial dislocation is severe, it can lead to several recurrent or chronic dislocations in later life.

 

  • Repetitive Strain

Some people have loose ligaments in their shoulders. This looseness leads to more eventual wear and tear with day to day activities that involve lifting heavy weights or lifting the arms above the head.

 

  • Multiway dislocation

In some people, dislocation can occur without any repetitive strain or injury. In such cases, the dislocation may be in multiple directions, meaning the ball may dislocate out the front, back, or bottom of the shoulder plate.

If your experience persistent pain due to a shoulder injury, or if the shoulder feels loose consistently, it is better to get your shoulder examined by a doctor.

Treatment For Recurrent Shoulder Dislocations

There are two types of treatment of shoulder dislocations – non-surgical treatment and surgical treatment.

Non-surgical treatment

Recurrent shoulder dislocations are initially treated by non-surgical treatment options, such as changes in activity, anti-inflammatory medication, and physiotherapy. You have to undergo the non-surgical treatment for at least six months, and if despite these treatment methods no improvement is observed, the doctor may recommend surgery.

Treatment with surgery

If non-surgical treatment options do not provide any relief, your doctor may advise any of the following surgery options:

Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery, in which a small incision is made and a miniscule camera is inserted to have a better look at the damaged tissue. Then, the damaged sections are treated by the surgeon with specially designed medical instruments.

Open Surgery

We operate all cases with arthroscopy. We are the only Institute to do all procedures of shoulder as arthroscopic.

Like the arthroscopic latarjet.

Immediately after the surgery, your shoulder may require the support of a sling to set the operated tissues and ligaments in place. Once the sling is removed after a few days, you will be advised to exercise your shoulder to improve your range of motion and blood circulation.

Make sure you follow your doctor’s plan for the treatment. Usually, most patients can resume their daily activities within 2 weeks of surgery; however, complete recovery may take up to 12-16 weeks.

Manipal Hospitals Whitefield performs path-breaking surgery using a novel procedure “Arthroscopic Latarjet”

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