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What can be done for an unstable shoulder with multiple dislocations?
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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Dr. Robert Coats II
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Surgery.
Usually surgical stabilization is required.
See a sports medicine shoulder surgeon for evaluation.

In brief: Surgery.
Usually surgical stabilization is required.
See a sports medicine shoulder surgeon for evaluation.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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Dr. Robert Klitzman
Sports Medicine
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Klitzman
Dr. Robert Klitzman
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Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Shoulder Specialist
Chronic dislocations can present with many areas of pathology including extensive labrum tearing, bone loss, rotator cuff pathology, and nerve injury.
It is important to have a thorough evaluation with a shoulder specialist with a lot of experience in handling these routinely to determine the best course for you. More information here: http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/unstable-shoulder.Htm.

In brief: Shoulder Specialist
Chronic dislocations can present with many areas of pathology including extensive labrum tearing, bone loss, rotator cuff pathology, and nerve injury.
It is important to have a thorough evaluation with a shoulder specialist with a lot of experience in handling these routinely to determine the best course for you. More information here: http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/unstable-shoulder.Htm.
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
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