Testing & Diagnosis for Shoulder Dislocation in Children

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How does a doctor know my child has a shoulder dislocation?

A shoulder dislocation may resemble other conditions, such as a broken bone. If you suspect a shoulder dislocation, consult your child's doctor right away.

In addition to reviewing your child's full medical history, as well as asking about events that may have caused the shoulder dislocation, your child's doctor may test

•   movement and appearance of your child's shoulder muscles
•   pulse at the wrist
•   touch sensation
•   hand movement
•   X-ray - a diagnostic test which uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues,
    bones, and organs onto film
•   Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radio
    frequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body. radionuclide
    scans - nuclear scans of various organs to determine blood flow to the organs.
•   Electromyography (EMG) – a test of the electrical signals in the muscles to determine the amount of muscle

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