Your upper arm popping out of your shoulder socket is known as a dislocated shoulder. The ball joint in your upper arm rests in a very shallow socket, making the shoulder one of the simpler joints to dislocate. This gives the arm a wide range of motion and makes it incredibly agile, but it also makes it less stable. The tissues that surround and support the shoulder joint can occasionally get strained or torn as well. After the shoulder has been put back in place, it takes between 12 and 16 weeks for the injury to heal. If you fall heavily on your arm, you risk dislocating your shoulder. The majority of shoulder dislocations occur during contact activities like rugby or in accidents involving sports. Falling on to outstretched hands, such as after slipping on ice, is a common cause of injury in elderly persons. People with loose joints and high levels of flexibility are more likely to experience shoulder dislocations (joint hypermobility).
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