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Shoulder joint dislocation

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Force on a joint can cause a dislocation. The force pushes the bone out of the socket, which may damage surrounding ligaments, tendons, and nerves.

Review Date 9/7/2021

Updated by: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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