A 46-year-old member asked:
what can be done for an unstable shoulder with multiple dislocations?
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Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Arthroscopic repair: Shoulder instability is caused by labral tears and capsular incompetence. The labral tear is usually traumatic in nature and caused by the first dislocation. The capsular stretching increases with each dislocation. Surgery repairs the torn labrum back to the glenoid or bony socket. The capsule can also be tightened to provide more stability for the shoulder joint.
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Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
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Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Surgery.: Usually surgical stabilization is required. See a sports medicine shoulder surgeon for evaluation.
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Sports Medicine 18 years experience
Unstable Shoulder: An unstable shoulder can be treated with surgery or rehabilitation. The first thing to determine is whether or not something is torn in the shoulder causing the instability. If there has been a traumatic dislocation with tearing in the shoulder, surgery is usually needed. If the joint has inherent laxity the treatment is more often through rehabilitation with surgery as a second line treatment.
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Last updated Jan 9, 2015
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