Shoulder Dislocation

The Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey, specializes in treating shoulder injuries and we utilize the expertise of 18 Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeons, Sports Medicine Specialists, and Physical Therapists to develop treatment plans based on your unique injury, lifestyle, and goals.

Locations in Wall, Toms River, Edison, Manahawkin, Freehold, and Red Bank.

What is a Shoulder Dislocation?

The shoulder is the most mobile joint of the body. The head of the humerus (arm bone) and glenoid cavity of the scapula (shoulder blade) form the ball and socket joint. The joint is held in place by the rotator cuff tendons and the soft tissue glenoid labrum. A tear in either can cause the shoulder to partially or completely dislocate. Symptoms of a shoulder dislocation include pain, swelling and bruising, and inability to move the arm and shoulder. A visible anatomical deformity is usually seen. Common causes of a shoulder dislocation are sports injuries, traumatic accidents, and falls. Patients who experience a shoulder dislocation should make an appointment with an Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey (OICJ) specialist as soon as possible. Delaying treatment increases the chances of another dislocation.

How is a Shoulder Dislocation Treated?

A shoulder dislocation may require immediate medical attention. If the shoulder does not relocate to its normal position on its own, a closed reduction is performed. Once the shoulder is relocated and the cause for the dislocation is determined, a treatment plan is prescribed. Nonsurgical treatment options include the following:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Activity modification
  • Rest and ice
  • Physical therapy
  • Injections

If nonsurgical treatment options do not reduce symptoms and stabilize the shoulder, surgical intervention may be recommended. Two commonly performed procedures are:

  • Rotator cuff repair. Suture anchors are used to repair the torn tendon and reattach it to the head of the humerus.
  • Labrum repair. Suture anchors are used to repair the torn labrum and reattach it to the outer rim of the glenoid cavity.

Both are performed minimally invasively. Minimally invasive surgery uses smaller incisions than traditional surgery and has less downtime and a quicker recovery. To schedule your appointment with an OICJ specialist, call 732-276-4334 or visit our contact page.

Recent Success Stories

Dr. Jarmon was extremely welcoming. He explained in great detail the issue with my shoulder, and even drew a picture for me to describe what was happening in layman’s terms. I have recommended him more than once already.

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John Tozzi is a wonderful doctor- throughout the process pre and post surgery. His team really helps this practice excel. Everyone very supportive and understanding. The team at the outpatient surgical center was also wonderful. Thank you.

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Dr. Sclafani’s high-level clinical expertise and superior bedside manner make him one of the best orthopedic surgeons around!

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