On 11-16-07 I fell and dislocated my shoulder. Although I never had a dislocation before, I felt it "pop out" and was in agony. I rolled onto my back and felt a "THUNK" and it felt better. However, the whole area began to swell and still had a great deal of pain so I went to the ER. The doctor came in after my x-ray and said, "The good news is you have no fractures. The bad news is your shoulder is dislocated and I have to put it back."
Well! this big, burly doctor tried once while I was fully awake, and commented that he was surprised it didn't go back. I had already told everyone in the ER about the "THUNK" and I believed it went back on its own. However, the doctor decided to try a second time with "conscious sedation". When I came to, he told me he was very sorry but couldn't get my dislocated shoulder to go back in. He said it might be "buttonholed", meaning the head of the humerus was between the tendons. He was surprised, and told me, "I'm a pretty stron guy and I could not get your shoulder replaced." They sent me home.
When I went for follow-up with an orthopedic surgeon, he said that pre-treatment x-ray showed a "pseudo-subluxation" and also a crack in the humerus.
I had the most horrible bruising on my upper arm from the twisting that doctor did to try and re-position my shoulder, which was not dislocated when he saw me.
Anybody else ever go through this? I now have a lawyer who says malpractice of this type is VERY hard to prove. What does everyone think?