Shoulder Dislocation

Shoulder Dislocation

Drew Warnick, MD discusses the shoulder dislocation and instability.

The shoulder is the body’s most mobile joint, but its greater range of motion makes it an easy one to dislocate. A sudden impact to the shoulder can cause the top of the upper arm bone to dislocate from the socket of the shoulder blade. The ligaments in front of the shoulder may also tear when the shoulder dislocates. Shoulder dislocation is most common in young athletes who play contact sports.


We often first treat shoulder dislocation with physical therapy to increase shoulder control and strengthen shoulder muscles to increase the stability of the joint. If this doesn’t relieve the pain and instability, arthroscopic surgery may be needed to repair or tighten the torn or stretched ligaments around the joint.

Rehabilitation and recovery

After surgery, we’ll use a sling to keep your child’s shoulder from moving while it heals. He or she will start physical therapy with exercises to rehabilitate the shoulder. Most patients typically return to full activity in 4-6 months, depending on their individual condition and treatment needs.

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Shoulder Pain?

If your child has shoulder pain and you’re concerned he or she may have an ACL tear, call 727-76SPORT to schedule an appointment with our Sports Medicine physicians, who will determine a diagnosis and recommend further treatment.

Need Surgery?

If your child has been diagnosed with a shoulder dislocation and you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopaedic surgeons, call Children’s Orthopaedic and Scoliosis Surgery Associates, L.L.P. at 727-898-2663. Surgical treatment for sports injuries at Johns Hopkins All Children’s is provided by the surgeons at COSSA.

Meet Our Surgeons

Drew Warnick, MD

Dr. Warnick is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. He sees patients in the St. Petersburg and Tampa locations of Children's Orthopaedic and Scoliosis Surgery Associates (COSSA), L.L.P., the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care location in Sarasota, and at IMG Academy where Johns Hopkins All Children’s provides sports medicine and general health services.

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For more information about the Sports Medicine program, give us a call at the phone number below. We serve families in the greater Tampa Bay area and beyond.

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For more information or to make an appointment give us a call at 727-76SPORT.

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