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What is a dislocated shoulder?

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A dislocated shoulder happens when the top of the upper arm bone (the “ball”) slips out of its socket. The ball can slip forward, backward, or downward. Before you fully dislocate it, the shoulder might feel like it's starting to go out of place. That's called instability. When the shoulder slips only partway out of the socket, doctors call that subluxation.

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Home Edition.

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Mayo Clinic.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 29, 2017

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SOURCES:

Merck Manual Home Edition.

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Mayo Clinic.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 29, 2017

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