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How Do You Relocate a Dislocated Shoulder Blade?

author image Julie Hampton
Julie Hampton has worked as a professional freelance writer since 1999 for various newspapers and websites including "The Florida Sun" and "Pensacola News Journal." She served in the U.S. Army as a combat medic and nurse for over six years and recently worked as the Community Relations Director for a health center. Hampton studied journalism and communications at the University of West Florida.
How Do You Relocate a Dislocated Shoulder Blade?
How Do You Relocate a Dislocated Shoulder Blade?

A dislocated shoulder blade is one of the most common dislocated joint injuries to the body. Symptoms of a dislocation include acute, severe pain, numbness, tingling and limited range of motion. The arm may visually look out of proper alignment. When a shoulder becomes dislocated, the arm pops out of the cup-shaped socket in the shoulder blade, explains The shoulder may dislocate forward, backward or downward. Common reasons for a dislocated shoulder include sports injuries and traumatic blows to the shoulder—commonly during a vehicular accident or falls.

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Step 1

Take medications to decrease pain prior to the shoulder blade being relocated. Muscle relaxants or sedatives are commonly prescribed for this condition. In rare occasions, a general sedative is prescribed, according to

Step 2

Receive medical treatment to relieve pain and relocate the shoulder. Once the shoulder is treated, the severe pain associated with the injury should subside, reports

Step 3

Have a medical professional perform closed reduction on the dislocated shoulder. The shoulder is manually maneuvered by placing the humerus back into the ball joint. Wear a sling or shoulder immobilizer after the closed reduction procedure to immobilize the shoulder.

Step 4

Undergo open reduction surgery if the medical professional is unable to correctly maneuver the arm and shoulder back into position. Surgery is rarely required to correct a dislocation. Still, surgery may be necessary to strengthen tendons and ligaments, and correct any blood vessel or nerve damage.

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