A shoulder “dislocation” is when the ball (the humerus ) comes completely out of the socket (the glenoid). This is an emergency condition that must be treated immediately by putting the ball back in the socket. Sometimes this can be done by a first-responder or a paramedic, or even the patient. More often, however, the shoulder must be put back in place in an emergency room under sedation. After a shoulder dislocation, the patient may have shoulder instability, or recurrent full or partial dislocations. This is usually due to tearing of the labrum, or the “o-ring” around the socket – a condition that is often treated with surgery. Dr. Bushnell has advanced training in arthroscopic repair of the shoulder labrum.
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