The Root of the Problem: Recognizing the Most Common Causes of Shoulder Dislocation

Our shoulders are one of the most important components of our bodies and an integral part of everyday life. You may not notice it, but we use our shoulders every day to complete simple and common tasks. So, isn’t it important to keep your shoulders strong and healthy at all times?

Unfortunately, the shoulder joint is perhaps the most frequently dislocated part of the body, but knowing the most common causes of this injury is the first step in preventing it altogether.

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A Common Problem

Due to the shoulder’s ability to move in many directions, it can often dislocate forward, backward or downward, completely or partially. A dislocation can become complicated if the tissue holding the bones together stretches out or tears. Some of the most common causes of a dislocated shoulder include:

  • Sports injuries – Contact sports, such as football or hockey, are often the cause of many shoulder dislocations due to the abrupt and strong impacts an athlete can experience. Dislocations can also occur in other sports that involve falls, such as soccer, gymnastics or skiing.
  • Non-athletic-related trauma – Hard blows to the body as a result of car crashes or other such accidents are also common causes for shoulder dislocations.
  • Falls – Accidents, such as falling off of a ladder or tripping at home, can also cause a shoulder to dislocate.
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A Pain-Free Life is Waiting

An injury to your shoulder, no matter the cause, can potentially take away your activity levels for weeks or months at a time. At Total Pain Care, we know you want to get back to a pain-free life as soon as possible, and our pain-management specialists are ready to help. Let us evaluate your injury to help you get closer to the active life you’re used to. If you want more information about our services, don’t hesitate to call us in New Jersey today.

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