Residents of Lafayette, LA, and Surrounding Areas Can Turn to Peter D. Vizzi, MD, for Dislocated Shoulder Treatment
A shoulder dislocates when the top of the upper arm bone (humerus) pops out of its socket (glenoid). This injury can result from a direct blow, a sharp twist of the arm, or a fall onto a hard surface or an outstretched hand. A highly mobile joint, the shoulder is susceptible to dislocation and other injuries, especially during sports-related activities.
What does a dislocated shoulder feel like and what can be done about it?
A dislocated shoulder can cause severe pain that makes it difficult to move the corresponding arm. Depending on the extent of the bone displacement, a visible bump may appear on the front or back of the shoulder.
If you have had a dislocated shoulder, you can consult with Peter D. Vizzi, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist who practices in Lafayette, Louisiana. After evaluating several factors, including the severity of your injury, the number of times your shoulder has been dislocated, and your age and activity level, Dr. Vizzi can help you decide on a conservative or surgical treatment plan.
Treatment options for a dislocated shoulder
The first step in treating a dislocated shoulder is moving the humerus back into its proper position in the glenoid. To accomplish this, a closed reduction can be performed. For a severe dislocation, surgery may be needed to reposition the arm bone.
Immediately after a dislocated shoulder is repositioned, some of the pain will typically resolve. Any lingering discomfort can usually be managed with conservative remedies, such as:
- Cold therapy – An ice pack can be applied to the painful shoulder to reduce swelling.
- Immobilization – A sling or shoulder immobilizer can be worn to limit movement and help prevent further injury during the healing process.
- Medications – Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen can help relieve pain and swelling.
- Physical therapy – Specific stretches and exercises can be performed to enhance the flexibility and strength of the shoulder and arm.
Because a dislocated shoulder can become more painful and swollen by the minute, this injury is best treated right away. You may need to have it put back in place in an emergency room. Afterward, contact Dr. Vizzi’s office in Lafayette, LA. We’ll schedule an evaluation for you as soon as possible.