Shoulder Dislocation Questions & Answers

Updated: Jan 02, 2018
  • Author: Valerie E Cothran, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What causes shoulder dislocation?

What is included in the workup of acute shoulder dislocation?

What are the treatment options for acute shoulder dislocation?

When does movement begin after an acute shoulder dislocation?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of shoulder dislocation?

What are related Medscape Reference topics for a shoulder dislocation?

Which patient groups are at highest risk for shoulder dislocation injuries?

What are risk factors for recurrence of shoulder dislocation?

What is the functional anatomy of shoulder dislocation?

What are the short-specific biomechanics of a shoulder dislocation?

Presentation

Which medical history is characteristic of a dislocated shoulder?

How do patients describe a dislocated shoulder?

What is included in the physical exam for shoulder dislocation?

What causes a shoulder dislocation?

DDX

What should be included in the differential diagnoses of shoulder dislocation?

What are the differential diagnoses for Shoulder Dislocation?

Workup

What is the role of lab studies in the diagnosis of shoulder dislocation?

What is the role of radiographs in the diagnosis of shoulder dislocation?

What is the role of MRI in the evaluation of a shoulder dislocation injury?

What is the most important treatment for an acute shoulder dislocation?

Which techniques are used for shoulder reduction?

Why must a posterior shoulder dislocation be differentiated from an anterior shoulder dislocation?

Treatment

What is the role of physical therapy in the acute phase of a shoulder dislocation?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of shoulder dislocation?

What is the efficacy of surgery for shoulder dislocation?

What is included in physical therapy during the recovery phase of a shoulder dislocation?

When should surgery be considered for shoulder dislocation?

What is included in physical therapy during the maintenance phase of a shoulder dislocation?

Medications

What is the role of medications in the treatment of shoulder dislocation injuries?

Which medications in the drug class Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) are used in the treatment of Shoulder Dislocation?

Which medications in the drug class Analgesics are used in the treatment of Shoulder Dislocation?

Follow-up

When can patients return to play after a shoulder dislocation?

What are the criteria for determining if a patient can return to sports after a shoulder dislocation?

What are possible complication of a shoulder dislocation?

What is the prognosis of a shoulder dislocation?

What should be included in patient education about shoulder dislocation?