A 23-year-old female asked:
i dislocated my shoulder over a year ago i have had three injections and 49 weeks of physical therapy... i still have pain and weakness help!?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Richard Vanis answered
44 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Check rotator cuff: Make sure you havenot torn your rotator cuff in addition to the dislocation.
Answered on Aug 10, 2012
Dr. Daniel Mass answered
45 years experience Hand Surgery
You have instability: If you have continued pain and weakness you have a chronic problem that needs to be fixed. You probably have internal damage leading to chronic instability. You need to seek out a shoulder expert and get an arthro-mri before surgery. Another possible problem is that you have already developed arthritis. This is a devastation problem for a young person.
Answered on Aug 18, 2013
Dr. Shawn Hennigan answered
26 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Surgery: At age 23, the most common "lesion" is detachment of the anterior labrum, or a bankart tear. Less commonly, you can tear the ligament from its humeral insertion, called a hagl lesion. Mri arthrogram can help, but it sounds like you are going to require a shoulder arthroscopy. Rotator cuff tear, while possible, is less likely. Good luck!
Answered on Jul 5, 2013
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