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Shoulder Instability

What is shoulder instability?

– As a ball and socket joint, the shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, but for every advantage this joint gives us in mobility, it loses in stability.
Any disturbance to the normal anatomy of the shoulder structure can cause shoulder instability which increases risk of dislocation.
– Previous dislocations can make a shoulder feel unstable.
– Athletes are also highly prone to this injury (particularly in sports like baseball, swimming and volleyball).
– People who are double jointed are more likely to have this condition, due to looseness in the joint.

What are the symptoms of shoulder instability?

– Pain caused by shoulder injury
– The shoulder joint feeling “loose” as if the ball is falling out of the socket
– Repeated shoulder dislocations
– Repeated instances of the shoulder giving out

What if shoulder instability becomes “chronic”?

Once a shoulder has been injured by dislocation, it is highly vulnerable to repeat episodes. When a shoulder has dislocated multiple times it becomes loose as the ligaments are stretched and may dislocate spontaneously.

What is the treatment for shoulder instability?

– The good news is that this condition can frequently be treated with an Arthroscopy – a minimally invasive day procedure.
– Surgical stabilisation (via arthroscopy) involves repairing the torn ligaments.
– As it is usually a day surgical procedure – today it is considered a significantly more minor procedure than it used to be.
– The recovery however still often requires a sling for 6 weeks to protect the repair until it heals.