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Why is the shoulder easier to dislocate than the hip joint? explanations please?

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Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Mechanics: The hip is a ball and socket type joint with strong supporting ligaments which give it inherent stability whereas the shoulder is practically a ball hanging in space which depends more on the integrity of the ligaments, cartilage(labrum) and muscles to stay in proper position. The shoulder has much more freedom of movement. In addition, there are more injury mechanisms in our typical activites.
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