Dislocated shoulders can happen in many ways, such as sport collisions, automobile accidents, overuse, aging, and even genetics. If you experience a dislocated shoulder, taking a proactive approach with an experienced orthopedic surgeon can help speed recovery and prevent future dislocations. Dr. Michael Bercik and our highly-qualified team at Lancaster Orthopedic Group can help you determine the root cause of your condition and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
Dr. Michael Bercik is a specialized, board-certified orthopedic surgeon focused on ailments of the shoulder and elbow. He helps patients of all ages, backgrounds, and conditions find relief and get back to the activities they love. To develop his skills, Dr. Bercik spent years working with world-renowned orthopedic shoulder surgeons to learn advanced techniques and integrate multiple methods of treatment into his existing skill set.
Outside of this expertise, Dr. Bercik has been recognized for his treatment of patients by the Mark D. Chilton award for outstanding patient care. At Lancaster Orthopedic Group, every patient is an integral part of the community, and Dr. Bercik is committed to helping each person reach their goals. When you work with us, you can trust you are giving yourself the best opportunity for a fast, effective, and long-lasting recovery.
What Methods Can Be Used to Diagnose a Dislocated Shoulder?
Dislocated shoulders can be diagnosed through a variety of methods, but imaging scans are often used to confirm diagnoses and identify any additional injuries. When you go in for your first appointment, your orthopedic doctor will ask about your medical history, symptoms, and any additional factors that may indicate the root of your discomfort. Depending on the type of injury suspected, X-rays, CT scans, MRI, and ultrasounds may be used to confirm the dislocation and severity of dislocation.
How Are Dislocated Shoulders Treated?
Depending on the results, your orthopedic shoulder doctor will determine the best combination of treatment options to help you alleviate symptoms and return to normal activity levels. This can involve rest, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, ice and heat therapy, and steroid shots, along with additional treatments depending on your condition. Noninvasive treatment options are typically recommended before surgical intervention. If these treatment options are unsuccessful, your orthopedic surgeon may then recommend surgery to further reduce symptoms.
Are Repeat Shoulder Dislocations Common?
After your first shoulder dislocation, you are more likely to have repeat dislocations. This is because the supporting soft tissues can become stretched and loosen, leading to instability of the humeral head in the shoulder socket. After a shoulder dislocation, it is important to discuss concerns with your orthopedic shoulder doctor to create the best plan to stabilize the shoulder and decrease the likelihood of future dislocations. This is especially important for athletes and those that may be at an increased risk of repeat dislocations.
Let’s Work Together!
Recovery from a shoulder injury such as a shoulder dislocation can be a long road, but working with a dedicated and compassionate team can ensure you have the support needed throughout your rehabilitation journey. At Lancaster Orthopedic Group, Dr. Michael Bercik helps each patient develop an individualized care plan that fits seamlessly into their lifestyle and aligns with their short and long-term goals. To get started, schedule your first appointment by using the “Schedule An Appointment” link in the top right of the website or calling (866) 564-1000.