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Continuing our series on the ‘10 most common orthopaedic injuries’, today we take a look at shoulder injuries, which are common particularly among athletes.

One type of shoulder injury is a dislocation which can happen when your shoulder is pulled violently in an extreme direction… forward, backward or downward. A ‘forward slip’ is common and can happen during a fall or a sports injury.

Your shoulder will look out of place with a dislocation and you’ll feel intense pain. Brusing, swelling, numbness, and a feeling of weakness are other common symptoms.

An orthopaedic surgeon typically treats Traumatic Shoulder Dislocations by prescribing pain medication and using traction to put your shoulder back in place. You’ll be in a sling to protect your shoulder while it heals. Your physician will also recommend exercises to reduce the chances of dislocating the shoulder again.

If the exercise program doesn’t work and your shoulder continues to be instable, you may need surgery to have the stretched ligaments tightened and/or repaired which can stabilize the shoulder.