A dislocated shoulder is a common shoulder injury in contact sports such as rugby and martial arts. Shoulder dislocations are characterised by severe shoulder pain and hospital treatment is required to restore normal shoulder anatomy. It is important that a shoulder dislocation is seen quickly by a doctor who can put the joint back in place.
This is because the position of the Humerus in a dislocated shoulder joint can cause damage to the Axillary nerve. This can lead to a loss of sensation and muscle strength in the affected arm.