I Dislocated My Shoulder
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at 4:50 PM on Wednesday Mar 14, 2012
"Dislocations of the shoulder occur when the head of the humerus is forcibly removed from its socket ... Ninety percent or more of shoulder dislocations are anterior dislocations, meaning that the humeral head has been moved to a position in front of the joint. Posterior dislocations are those in which the humeral head has moved backward toward the shoulder blade." I'm taking a gymnastics class, and this class specializes in acrobatics and aerial performance (think Circque de Soleil, except I'm very much a noob). On Monday we were learning an arm wrap (split silk arm rollup) where we had to pull ourselves up using one arm, and then the other, and then end with a posture of which is hard to describe in words. I've included a picture below that sort of helps illustrate the process, below. So, anyway, if you imagine me in such a position (but in garb of much less glamor) I did the first arm raise, but upon the second part disaster befell me! I don't know what I did wrong but I think I had my arm at the incorrect angle and the only thing I remember was a very audible noise that sounded something like this: *Cr-Crunch!* At this point I knew something went quite amiss considering my shoulder felt locked out of place and I was unable to move my arm. Quite a predicament considering I effectively had my hands bound up in silk fabric. Thankfully this was a position where I could put my feet back on the ground, which I did promptly got my other arm free and unwrapped my 'dead' arm.
Instinctively I pushed my shoulder back into place and was very much relieved that it obliged. This whole instance probably only lasted several seconds, none of the other students nor my instructor seemed to have noticed anything. I simply said "I think should sit out because I just dislocated my shoulder."
One of the students seemed skeptical and he said "If you had dislocated your shoulder you'd probably have cried out, unless you're just tough like that."
My only response was, "I think I need to lie down because everything's going black." I think at that point he realized that I actually had dislocated something.
My shoulder, both the front and back, are pretty sore and I dare not move it around too much... and my neck seems to hurt too for some reason. But other than that, I seem to be doing well and I can't wait for the next class!
About 90% of shoulder dislocations are "Anterior" (the shoulder gets dislocated to the front of the body). Mine was "Posterior".