Medical Dictionary: Dislocated shoulder


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Dislocated shoulder: Another name for Shoulder dislocation.
Dislocated shoulder (condition): Dislocation of the shoulder joint.

Dislocated shoulder: The shoulder joint is the most frequently dislocated major joint of the body. In a typical case of a dislocated shoulder, a strong force that pulls the shoulder outward (abduction) or extreme rotation of the joint pops the ball of the humerus out of the shoulder socket. Dislocation commonly occurs when there is a backward pull on the arm that either catches the muscles unprepared to resist or overwhelms the muscles. When a shoulder dislocates frequently, the condition is referred to as shoulder instability. A partial dislocation where the upper arm bone is partially in and partially out of the socket is called a subluxation.1

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1. excerpt from Questions and Answers about Shoulder Problems: NIAMS

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