Sports Medicine

Shoulder Dislocation

Our Pediatric Sports Medicine team put together these videos to provide information for you.

The shoulder is the body’s most mobile joint, but its greater range of motion makes it an easy one to dislocate. A sudden impact to the shoulder can cause the top of the upper arm bone to dislocate from the socket of the shoulder blade. The ligaments in front of the shoulder may also tear when the shoulder dislocates. Shoulder dislocation is most common in young athletes who play contact sports.

Treatment

We often first treat shoulder dislocation with physical therapy to increase shoulder control and strengthen shoulder muscles to increase the stability of the joint. If this doesn’t relieve the pain and instability, arthroscopic surgery may be needed to repair or tighten the torn or stretched ligaments around the joint.   

Rehabilitation and recovery

After surgery, we’ll use a sling to keep your child’s shoulder from moving while it heals. He or she will start physical therapy with exercises to rehabilitate the shoulder. Most patients typically return to full activity in 4-6 months, depending on their individual condition and treatment needs.

Contact us

Shoulder Pain?

If your child has shoulder pain and you’re concerned he or she may have an ACL tear, call 727-76SPORT to schedule an appointment with our Sports Medicine physicians, who will determine a diagnosis and recommend further treatment.

Need Surgery?

If your child has been diagnosed with a shoulder dislocation and you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopaedic surgeons, call Children’s Orthopaedic and Scoliosis Surgery Associates, L.L.P. at 727-898-2663. Surgical treatment for sports injuries at Johns Hopkins All Children’s is provided by the surgeons at COSSA.

Meet our Surgeons

Drew Warnick, M.D. Orthopaedics

Dr. Warnick is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. He sees patients in the St. Petersburg and Tampa locations of Children's Orthopaedic and Scoliosis Surgery Associates (COSSA), L.L.P., the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care locations in East Lake and Pasco, and at IMG Academy where Johns Hopkins All Children’s provides sports medicine and general health services.
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Paul Benfanti, M.D. Orthopaedics

Dr. Benfanti is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. He sees patients in the St. Petersburg and Tampa locations of Children's Orthopaedic and Scoliosis Surgery Associates (COSSA), L.L.P., and the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care locations in East Lake and Pasco.
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