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Dislocation of the shoulder

Also known as Shoulder Dislocation

A dislocated shoulder occurs when the humerus separates from the scapula at the glenohumeral joint. The shoulder joint has the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body and as a result is particularly susceptible to dislocation and subluxation. Approximately half of major joint dislocations seen in emergency departments are of the shoulder. Partial dislocation of the shoulder is referred to as subluxation.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with dislocation of the shoulder, 91% report having shoulder pain, 32% report having arm pain, and 11% report having wrist pain. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of dislocation of the shoulder are shoulder pain, shoulder stiffness or tightness, arm stiffness or tightness, and shoulder lump or mass, although you may still have dislocation of the shoulder without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with dislocation of the shoulder often receive radiographic imaging procedure, plain x-ray, application of splint, intravenous fluid replacement, physical therapy exercises, cardiac monitoring, magnetic resonance imaging and orthopedic casting .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with dislocation of the shoulder include fentanyl, midazolam (versed), propofol, tromethamine, methohexital (brevital), etomidate, flumazenil, oxaprozin and bisoprolol (emcor) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for dislocation of the shoulder include sex == male age 15-29 years. On the other hand, age < 1 years almost never get dislocation of the shoulder.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.1x
5-14 years
0.5x
15-29 years
2.5x
30-44 years
1.2x
45-59 years
0.7x
60-74 years
0.5x
75+ years
0.7x

Sex

Male
1.7x
Female
0.5x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.7x
Hispanic
1.1x
White
1.1x
Other
0.6x
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