What is a partial and a complete shoulder dislocation?

Sometimes sports can get rough, and when your shoulder falls completely out of place, it is called a complete shoulder dislocation. But sometimes, your shoulder is only partially knocked out of place, which is called a partial shoulder dislocation or a shoulder subluxation.

Shoulder dislocations in contact sports

According to Dr. Mark DiLella, an OrthoIndy sports medicine specialist, a shoulder dislocation is a complete separation of the ball (humerus) and cup (glenoid) joint surfaces.

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