Chronic shoulder instability is a condition where the head or top of your arm bone repeatedly slips out of the socket. Shoulder instability can both cause and result from a dislocated shoulder. Sports or other activities involving repeated overhead motions can also lead to shoulder instability.
Once the connective tissues in your shoulder are damaged, it makes it easier for the ball of the shoulder joint to slip out of the socket. The inability of shoulder muscles to keep the arm bone in place is what causes chronic shoulder instability and its resulting shoulder pain.
We can help you manage shoulder instability and pain with a range of treatment options, including medication, physical therapy and surgery.
We treat thousands of people every year for shoulder problems, which makes us experts at diagnosing and treating conditions like shoulder instability. If you choose us for shoulder treatment, we also offer:
The most common signs of shoulder instability are:
Shoulder instability can have several causes, including:
The first step in diagnosing shoulder instability is having a doctor examine your shoulder for looseness. Additional tests your doctor may require include:
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Our orthopedic specialists use the least invasive methods possible, typically starting with nonsurgical treatment before considering surgery.
Shoulder instability treatments may include: