Shoulder displacement occurs when the ball of the shoulder is forced out of its socket. A complete displacement occurs when the ball completely exits the socket, whereas a partial dislocation occurs when the ball exits partially and then returns. This frequently occurs as a result of a collision or fall, especially among athletes. The shoulder is also the most vulnerable to displacement because it is the least stable and movable of all the joints in the body. Different kinds of common shoulder displacements: 

  • Anterior Displacement refers to the displacement of the front of the socket.
  • Posterior displacement is a condition that occurs behind the socket.
  • Inferior displacement is a condition that occurs beneath the socket.

The Risk Of Recurrent Displacement:

A patient who has had many displacements of the same shoulder joint is said to have recurrent dislocations. A patient is diagnosed with persistent shoulder instability when this happens. A severe dislocation could cause this instability (displacement due to an impact such as a fall or collision). It could also be the result of the joint gradually extending owing to a recurrent injury or action. It can also be caused by a generalised looseness of shoulder ligaments in some cases.

Recurrent Displacement Diagnose And Treatment:

Based on the patient’s medical history and physical symptoms, the doctor will make a diagnosis. Shoulder instability may only exhibit as periods of discomfort or pain when the dislocation is partial. Recurrent shoulder dislocations can also be detected using certain testing like X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans. 

Shoulder displacement that recurs can be addressed in a variety of ways. Non-surgical treatment is generally utilised for people who live a sedentary lifestyle and can limit their activity. Surgery, on the other hand, is the most prevalent treatment for athletes. Recurrent shoulder displacement can be treated with a variety of surgical procedures. When the time comes, your doctor will go over the intricacies of each treatment with you. The arm is immobilised in a sling for 3-6 weeks after surgery to allow it to heal. Returning to full preoperative status can take some months in most cases. The actual length of time is determined by the activities performed.

If you are suffering from a recurrent shoulder displacement, our specialist Dr Reetadyuti Mukhopadhyay is an expert in this field. Call us or book an appointment online.