How is a dislocated shoulder treated at Children's Colorado?
The initial treatment for a shoulder dislocation is "reduction," which means putting the ball back into the socket. Many times, medical professionals can do this right after the dislocation happens, even on the field. Other times, the dislocation is more difficult and the patient must go to the emergency room for medications to relax the muscles before the shoulder can be put back into place.
After the shoulder is put back in place, it is generally immobilized (held still) in a sling for a short period of time, followed by physical therapy.
In some cases, ligament repair in the shoulder is needed, which is usually done arthroscopically (through several small incisions, using a camera to see inside the joint). This technique allows for decreased pain and faster return of shoulder motion.