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Shoulder Instability

Healthy Shoulder with Humerous removed

Shoulder instability occurs when the structures that surround the shoulder joint loosen and cannot maintain the ball within its shallow socket. If the joint is too loose, it may slide partially out of place, a condition known as "shoulder subluxation."

When the joint comes completely out of place, also called "shoulder dislocation", the ligaments that support the shoulder are torn. Normally, this injury does not heal tightly, making the shoulder prone to repeat dislocation and additional episodes of instability.

With shoulder instability, some activities can create sudden pain, a sense of arm deadness, or the feeling of your shoulder slipping out and back into the joint. If you experience complete dislocation, you may have severe pain along with the inability to reset the joint.

Some shoulder instability can be treated with rest followed by physical rehabilitation. However, in certain instances, the physician may recommend surgery. Surgery, shoulder arthroscopy or shoulder replacement,  may be beneficial for more complicated injuries, cases of recurrent instability, and first-time dislocations in younger patients who have a high risk of recurrence, further damage, or limited activity.

Your physician will suggest the treatment option that is right for you.

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The information listed on this site is for informational and educational purposes and is not meant as medical advice. Every patient's case is unique and each patient should follow his or her doctor's specific instructions. Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation. The information on this site does not replace your doctor's specific instructions.