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A dislocated shoulder is a painful condition where the upper arm bone pops out of its socket in the shoulder joint. If you experience severe pain, limited range of motion, swelling, and instability in your shoulder, you may have a dislocated shoulder. Please consult Dr. Gelber to explore your treatment options for a dislocated shoulder.

What is a Dislocated Shoulder?

A dislocated shoulder occurs when the upper arm bone (humerus) is forcibly pushed or pulled out of its socket in the shoulder joint. This traumatic injury is often the result of a fall, sports-related impact, or accident. It can cause intense pain, swelling, and limited mobility in the affected shoulder. In severe cases, the dislocation may damage surrounding tissues and blood vessels. Please contact Dr. Gelber promptly to realign the joint and manage your symptoms.

Common Symptoms of Dislocated Shoulder:

  • Severe shoulder pain
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Limited range of motion
  • Visible deformity or bulging
  • Tingling or numbness in the arm
  • Weakness in the affected arm and shoulder
  • Instability or feeling of the shoulder “giving way”

Potential Causes of Dislocated Shoulder:

  • Traumatic injury or impact
  • Falls, especially onto an outstretched hand or directly onto the shoulder
  • Sports-related activities with a high risk of collisions
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Sudden jerking motions or excessive force applied to the arm
  • Weakening of the shoulder ligaments due to repetitive strain or previous dislocations

Treatment Options for Dislocated Shoulder

If you suspect you have a dislocated shoulder, seek immediate medical attention from a professional like Dr. Gelber. He will perform a physical examination and may order imaging tests like X-rays or MRI scans to assess the extent of the injury. He will then curate a personalized treatment plan to restore mobility using the least invasive methods possible.

Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative medicine involves innovative treatments like Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections. PRP injections use your blood components to promote healing, while stem cell injections introduce stem cells to aid tissue repair and regeneration.

Functional & Integrative Medicine

Functional and integrative medicine focuses on holistic approaches to recovery. Dr. Gelber may recommend physical therapy, customized exercise routines, and dietary changes to enhance your shoulder’s function and strength and improve overall well-being.

Last Resort: Arthroscopic Surgery

In severe or recurrent dislocations, arthroscopic surgery may be the last resort. Dr. Gelber will use minimally invasive techniques to repair damaged tissues and stabilize the shoulder joint. This option is considered when other treatments have been ineffective or when the injury is too severe for non-surgical interventions.

Consult Dr. Gelber Today

Dr. Jonathan Gelber is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in sports medicine. With a focus on integrative and whole-body wellness, he is dedicated to returning you to an active lifestyle using the least invasive methods possible. If you have a dislocated shoulder or any other orthopedic concern, consult Dr. Gelber for expert orthopedic care tailored to your needs. He understands being an athlete and offers the safest path back to yourself.

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