Identifying and treating a shoulder dislocation

Pediatrician Tamiko Jordan, MD, shares advice for parents on how to identify and treat a shoulder dislocation in your child
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Identifying and treating a shoulder dislocation

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Shoulder dislocations are very rare in kids. May happen more in teenagers, especially if they’re hit from behind while playing sports. You might suspect a shoulder dislocation if in looking in your shoulder… looking at your child’s shoulders, they look asymmetric – one looks like a square shape whereas the other is rounded. The might have symptoms such as tingling in the arm or difficulty moving it. If you suspect that your child has a shoulder dislocation, you should go into the emergency room and not try to put it back in by yourself. This can cause permanent damage of the muscles and nerves that surround the shoulder and might affect the way they’re able to use their arm for the rest of their life. Also, putting a shoulder back in the socket usually requires pain relievers and sometimes sedation.

Pediatrician Tamiko Jordan, MD, shares advice for parents on how to identify and treat a shoulder dislocation in your child

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Tamiko Jordan, MD

General Pediatrician, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Jordan was born in Riverside, California and received her medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine.  She completed her pediatric residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and has since worked in many different settings.  Currently she is an attending pediatrician at the Altamed General Pediatric Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where she teaches pediatric residents and sees her own patients in private practice.  She has been featured on ABC7 and FOX11 news as well as the Patt Morrison Show on 89.3 KPCC.  Her latest project is the asthma clinic at Altamed, where she can spend more time educating patients and parents about optimizing their asthma care and minimizing ER visits and lost school days.  

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