Shoulder Instability

The shoulder is the most moveable joint in your body. It is able to turn in many directions. Unfortunately, this great range of motion makes the shoulder susceptible to instability.

Shoulder instability occurs when the head of the upper arm bone is forced out of the shoulder socket. This can happen as a result of a sudden injury or from overuse. Once the ligaments, tendons and muscles around the shoulder become loose or torn, repeated dislocations can occur. This is known as chronic shoulder instability.

Chronic shoulder instability is often first treated with nonsurgical options. If immobilization, physical therapy and other nonsurgical treatments do not relieve the pain and instability, surgery may be needed. Our sports medicine physician is highly skilled to repair torn or stretched ligaments so that they are better able to hold the shoulder joint in place – and return you to an active lifestyle.