Complications of a dislocated shoulder may include:

  • Tearing of the muscles, ligaments and tendons that reinforce your shoulder joint
  • Nerve or blood vessel damage in or around your shoulder joint
  • Shoulder instability, especially if you have a severe dislocation or repeated dislocations, which makes you more prone to re-injury.

If you stretch or tear ligaments or tendons in your shoulder or damage nerves or blood vessels around your shoulder joint, you may need surgery to repair these tissues.

Aug. 16, 2014