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    Shoulder Dislocation Treatment

    Call 911 if:

    • The injury was caused by a severe blow.
    • The person's pulse is weak or the arm and hand are numb, cold, pale, or blue.

    • The injury was caused by a severe blow.
    • The person's pulse is weak or the arm and hand are numb, cold, pale, or blue.

    1. Go to a Hospital Emergency Room

    2. Immobilize Shoulder

    • Do not force arm to move.
    • Place pillow or rolled blanket between upper arm and chest.
    • Wrap towel around the person's upper body to bind arm to it.
    • Otherwise, if comfortable to do so, put the affected forearm in a sling with elbow at 90° angle.

    3. Control Swelling

    • Apply ice pack for 20 minutes 4 to 8 times a day. Do not place ice directly against the skin.

    4. Follow Up

    • The doctor may manipulate the shoulder to put it back in place.
    • The doctor may recommend wearing a sling for several weeks.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on November 27, 2015

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