What did we tell you about Dancing with the Stars being one of the most dangerous shows in Reality TV?
The latest injury on DWTS was sustained by dancing pro Derek Hough. He dislocated his shoulder during rehearsal Tuesday.
However, being the professional he is, this did not stop him from dancing live last night.
Derek danced with his sister, Julianne Hough, also a former DWTS pro. Julianne was on the show to promote her new film, a remake of the 1984 dance movie Footloose.
A source told People magazine: “He popped it back in, but he is still in a lot of pain.”
It is easily injured because the ball of the upper arm is larger than the socket that holds it (sort of like a golf ball on a tee). To remain stable, it must be anchored by its muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
The shoulder joint is the most frequently dislocated major joint of the body. It can become dislocated when either:
The shoulder can dislocate either forward, backward, or downward. When the shoulder dislocates, the arm appears out of position.
Other symptoms include pain, which may be worsened by muscle spasms, swelling, numbness, weakness, and bruising.
Doctors usually diagnose a dislocation by a physical examination; x rays may be taken to confirm the diagnosis and to rule out a related fracture.
A dislocation is treated by putting the ball of the humerus back into the joint socket, a procedure called a reduction. The arm is then stabilized for several weeks in a sling or a device called a shoulder immobilizer.
After pain and swelling have been controlled, the patient enters a rehabilitation program that includes exercises. The goal is to restore the range of motion of the shoulder, strengthen the muscles, and prevent future dislocations.
After treatment and recovery, a previously dislocated shoulder may remain more susceptible to re-injury, especially in young, active individuals. Ligaments may have been stretched or torn, and the shoulder may tend to dislocate again. A shoulder that dislocates severely or often, injuring surrounding tissues or nerves, usually requires surgical repair to tighten stretched ligaments or reattach torn ones.
Shoulder dislocation is often confused with shoulder separation, but these are two very different injuries!
A shoulder dislocation occurs when there is an injury to the joint between the humerus and scapula. A shoulder separation occurs when there is an injury to the joint between the scapula and clavicle–this is called an acromioclavicular (or A-C) separation.
For more information about shoulder injuries, click here to go to the Resounding Health Casebook on the topic.