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Care and Treatment for Shoulder Dislocation

Why Choose Treatment for Shoulder Dislocation at University of Colorado Hospital?

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The doctors at University of Colorado Hospital treat all injuries of the bones, joints and muscles. They treat patients with and without surgery, and use the latest techniques.

Our providers are specially trained in sports medicine and participate in teaching and education.

UCH also offers sports medicine services specifically for active women; it is one of the few hospitals in the country to do so.

What is a Shoulder Dislocation?

A shoulder dislocation is an injury to the ball-and-socket joint that connects the upper arm (humerus) to the shoulder blade (scapula). A shoulder dislocation usually pushes the top of the upper arm in front of the shoulder blade. This causes significant pain and an immediate loss of shoulder motion.

Shoulder dislocations usually are caused by an injury like a fall. Your doctor can often diagnose the dislocation simply by looking at the shoulder. He or she may order x-rays to make sure that there is no additional damage.

To treat the injury, your doctor manipulates the bones of the upper arm and shoulder blade to guide them back into place. The procedure requires local or general anesthesia.