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Shoulder Dislocation / Shoulder Instability

As a renowned orthopedics for past 25 years and having successfully performed 18000 complicated surgeries in the hand and upper extremity region Dr. Gupta considers shoulder dislocation as a common medical problem. He specifies, “Being the most mobile but the least stable joint, shoulder joint has a very high probability of getting dislocated. It is fitted in a shallow joint and though bones are kept in their proper place by supporting tendons, labrum, cartilage and rotator cuff, sometimes they tend to pop out during a forceful act of the arm or a fall or injury.”

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Speaking about shoulder dislocation and instability he says, “Dislocation of the shoulder occurs when the arm bone pops out of the shoulder socket either on the front, back or down causing extreme pain. In athletes who are involved in contact sports, shoulder gets dislocated repeatedly making it unstable which is medically termed as recurrent dislocation of shoulder or shoulder instability.”

With his experience in Fortis, AIIMS and presently placed as Head, Shoulder and Hand Division, MAX Saket & Gurgaon, former Director of hand and upper extremity department in The Medanta, Dr Gupta is perhaps one of the most efficient orthopedic surgeon in India. Stressing on why young people are prone to shoulder dislocation he says, “The cause of shoulder dislocation is usually an injury borne during sports or a traumatic fall or accident. You should seek immediate medical help because if your dislocated shoulder is not treated amiably in the first instance it might become a repeated problem. Signs which will alert you that it is indeed dislocation are intense pain, numb and hanging arm which will feel weak and dead when moved.”

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Having operated upon many complex tumors, fractures, arthritis, frozen as well as dislocated shoulder Dr. Gupta feels, “Treatment techniques regarding shoulder dislocation are relatively simply defined. They can either be treated by opting for closed reduction where we fix your arm bone back into the socket by several maneuvers thereby putting your arm on a sling or brace and with effective physical therapy sessions you are back on track or we go in for arthroscopy repair without pain and high success ratio. Athletes are very much prone to this problem repeatedly therefore we prefer arthroscopy repair for them in the first dislocation itself. It is only when the damage is very severe that we go in for a lengthy open surgery.”

FAQ – Shoulder Dislocation / Shoulder Instability

What does it mean?

There is a cup shaped socket in your shoulder which holds your upper arm bone in place. When your arm bone comes out of this cup shaped socket due to an injury or any other reason it is termed as dislocation of shoulder. Your arm bone may pop out either completely or partially from the socket thus being referred as either total or partial dislocation of shoulder respectively. When your shoulder gets dislocated repeatedly it is known as recurrent dislocation causing shoulder instability as the joint becomes weak and prone to being dislocated a number of times.

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