a dislocated shoulder by:

  • Falling onto your shoulder, especially on a hard surface
  • Being hit in the shoulder
  • Trying to break a fall with your hand

Dislocated shoulders can also result from a sharp twisting of the arm.

Sports that pose a higher risk of these two injuries are:

  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Skiing
  • Volleyball


Symptoms of a dislocated shoulder are:

  • Pain is severe in the shoulder and upper arm, making it difficult to move the arm
  • Deformation of the shoulder — a bump in the front or back of your shoulder, depending on how the bone has been dislocated