Shoulder Dislocation

ExitCare Image Shoulder dislocation is when your upper arm bone (humerus) is forced out of your shoulder joint. Your doctor will put your shoulder back into the joint by pulling on your arm or through surgery. Your arm will be placed in a shoulder immobilizer or sling. The shoulder immobilizer or sling holds your shoulder in place while it heals.

HOME CARE

  • Rest your injured joint. Do not move it until instructed to do so.

  • Put ice on your injured joint as told by your doctor.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15-20 minutes at a time, every 2 hours while you are awake.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Squeeze a ball to exercise your hand.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your splint or sling becomes damaged.

  • Your pain becomes worse, not better.

  • You lose feeling in your arm or hand.

  • Your arm or hand becomes white or cold.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.