Shoulder Instability and Dislocation2016-10-12T12:39:59-04:00

Shoulder Instability and Dislocation


A common cause of shoulder pain in young, active individuals involved in sports is an underlying instability. Shoulder instability is an increased or abnormal sliding in the shoulder joint. Shoulder instability is a common disorder in contact athletes, swimmers and throwers.

Shoulder instability ranges from minor instability and subluxation, imperceivable to full dislocation. Full shoulder dislocation is usually caused by a traumatic injury, such as a car accident or sports-related injury.

Symptoms of Shoulder Instability and Dislocation

Patients can present with pain, apprehension, mechanical symptoms and decrease range of motion. Instability in patients under 25 have a high chance of recurrence, while those over 50 have a low chance. Those over 50 are higher risk of a rotator cuff tear after a dislocation of the shoulder.




Treatment for Shoulder Instability and Dislocation

At Sideline Orthopedics, we are dedicated to getting you back in the game with conservative and effective treatment options that will heal and restore function to your shoulder injury. The treatment for a first-time shoulder dislocation includes a period of  immobilization. This period is critical to allow adequate healing and is generally followed up with a strengthening program. Patients that experience recurrent instability may have damage to the soft tissue or bone to the extent the shoulder remains unstable. X-ray, CT and MRI along with an exam can help determine the extent of the damage. Surgical repair of the soft tissue and bone can return stability and function to the shoulder.  

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