A subluxation or dislocation occurs when external force is applied and the joint is forced out of its socket, damaging the surrounding soft tissue structures.
The shoulder joint is the most mobile large joint in the body and as such has few ligaments but a range of muscles collectively called the “rotator cuff “, which help to stabilise the shoulder in normal movement.
Contact sports and falling onto the shoulder or outstretched hand can cause partial or full dislocation. The excessive movement can be anterior or posterior dependent on the nature of the trauma. Dislocation usually requires reduction under anaesthetic, but some shoulders do reduce spontaneously.
Physiotherapy treatment starts with gentle exercises and mobilisation, with appropriate electrotherapy, ensuring early restoration of function. If surgery is required we will work closely with your G.P. and specialist to ensure safe and comprehensive recovery.
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