Repositioning a Dislocated Shoulder


A dislocated shoulder is not only painful, but is also an injury that must be corrected immediately to avoid any long-term damage. If you throw out your shoulder, then you should do the following.


Always be cautious of a patient’s history! Prior to trying to set a shoulder that has been dislocated you will need to learn the individual’s previous medical history. If dislocation has occurred for the first time, you would want to hurry them to the hospital. It’s hard to say if the dislocated shoulder is the only injury, or if there are additional ones present. It would be wise to leave the first diagnosis up to the doctors.


Ask yourself, “Can I set this dislocated shoulder by myself?” If it has happened to the person before, you can probably re-position the shoulder yourself. This procedure can be performed on the spot if no other severe trauma is apparent.


Determine what type of dislocation has happened. Now that you have discovered that it is not the first dislocation of your patient, you need to see what has been dislocated. You can re-position set an anterior dislocation (the most common) if this is not a new injury for the patient. For a posterior dislocation, which could have been caused by a fit or even electrocution, then the shoulder needs to be reset only while the patient is under a general anesthetic. It is not a good idea to try to set a posterior shoulder dislocation.


Verify that the patient is as comfortable as possible. Of course, there is a great deal of pain from a dislocated shoulder, so be sure they’re as comfortable as possible. They should lie down or sit. Give some pain killers. Apparently even caffeine and nicotine can help with the pain.


Re-position the shoulder. It is now time to re-position the dislocated shoulder. Put the top of the arm so that it is resting and facing downward. It is also okay to bend his elbow or draw it into his chest as well. Create a 90 degree angle at the elbow and rotate the arm in to create a letter ‘l’. Then slowly and gradually rotate the whole of the arm and shoulder out, ensuring that you keep the upper part of the arm as still as you can. Hold down their wrist and push with your other fist on the injured arm. With luck, the shoulder should fall back into its joint.


It is important to know that dislocation of the shoulder is very uncomfortable, but once it is re-set you will both feel a lot happier.