Reducing a Dislocated Shoulder, Yours or Someone Else’s

Reduce your risk of having a dislocated shoulder:

1) Get medical attention immediately if you feel pain in your arm or hand.

If it hurts when you move your fingers, then it means something is wrong with the joint.

2) If you have a partial dislocation (a part of the bone is missing), get medical help right away.

You may need surgery to fix the problem.

3) If you have a complete dislocation (the whole bone is missing), there are several things you can do to reduce your chance of having problems down the road.

These include:

• Don’t lift anything heavy. Move only what you absolutely need to move. Avoid twisting or bending over too much while doing so. Keep your arms straight and relaxed throughout the movement.

When moving from one place to another, keep them close together like a “V” shape.

• Use your hands to prop yourself up instead of using your arms to hold onto objects. Hold on tightly to something solid, such as a wall or table top. Make sure you don’t let go until you’re ready to continue.

• Do not bend forward at the waist during the movement. Keep your legs straight and try not to arch them at all while standing up from a sitting position. Keep your torso upright and level throughout the movement.

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The best way to reduce shoulder subluxation:

1) Rest the dislocated shoulder and arm on a table or across your lap.

This should immediately relieve any pressure and pain.

2) Get someone to drive you to an emergency room immediately.

3) Apply ice to the joints around the shoulder (the area near the armpit).

4) Apply a sling to immobilize the joint (until you can get medical help).

5) If none of the above steps are working, try popping it back in yourself.

6) Another way to reduce shoulder subluxation is call your school or place of employment and let them know that you will not be able to move your arm for the next few days.

7) You can also take pain killers to reduce any swelling and pain.

Make sure you follow the dosage instructions on the bottle.

Home remedies for shoulder dislocation:

Here are some home solutions that can relieve the pain and reduce the swelling in your shoulder. However, it is important to get medical help right away so that your health professional can diagnose and treat the underlying problem.

1) Ice needs to be applied as soon as possible after the injury occurs.

2) Elevate the arm that was injured above your head.

This increases blood flow and reduces swelling. You can prop it up with the included pillow when you lie down or sit in a recliner.

3) Take pain medication as directed on the bottle.

Make sure you do not take more than what is recommended. Too much medication can lead to nausea, dizziness, and headaches.

4) If you have been prescribed anti-inflammatory medication, take it as directed.

Taking care of your shoulder after a dislocation:

1) Get medical help right away.

Even if the shoulder pops back in on its own, you still need to get it checked out by a professional to make sure nothing else is wrong.

2) Try not to move the arm and shoulder too much, as this can cause further injury.

3) While waiting for medical help to arrive, use a pillow or your other arm to push yourself up into a sitting position.

4) Once you get to the hospital, tell the medical professional exactly how you were moving before the shoulder popped out of place.

They will ask you questions about what you were doing and other information about your physical condition.

5) The medical professional will examine your shoulder.

They will test range of motion and see how well you can move your arm. They will then push the arm in order to pop it back into place.

6) You may experience some bleeding around the joint, and this is normal.

7) You may be sent for an x-ray to see if there is any major damage to the bones or joints in the shoulder area.

8) As you heal, it is important to move the arm in a controlled manner.

Never force the arm or put stress on it.

9) After receiving medical care, it is important to follow up with your physician and get physical therapy if needed.

Shoulder subluxation can be quite painful and debilitating, but with the right medical attention you can get back on your feet in no time!

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