Shoulder instability occurs when the ligaments, muscles, and tendons surrounding the shoulder are not held together tight enough, causing frequent dislocations. The shoulder is a ball and socket type of joint that is made up of three bones; the humerus, scapula, and clavicle. It is the most flexible joint in the body, allowing for a wide range of movements, including raising and rotating the arm. Shoulder instability occurs when the head of the humerus slips out of place causing a subluxation or dislocation. Once the shoulder has been dislocated, it is much more susceptible to repeated dislocations. This can be a result of genetics, a sudden fall or accident, or any strenuous activity or sport.
Common signs of shoulder instability:
- Pain; typically occurring with specific movements
- Repeated shoulder dislocations
- Limited range of motion
- Sound or feeling of grinding or popping
- Swelling and bruising
- Feeling that the ball of the shoulder has come out of its socket or is loose
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above it’s crucial that you see an orthopedic physician for a thorough evaluation and an accurate diagnosis. When possible, they will take a conservative approach to treating your condition. They may recommend non-surgical treatments such as modified activity, and physical therapy. If non-surgical treatments fail to provide relief, you may require shoulder stabilization surgery in order to improve stability. Don’t let shoulder pain or any of the symptoms above linger. Give our office a call today and schedule a consultation. Dr. Ramesh Chandra will assess your condition and give you a personalized treatment plan so you can get back to the activities you enjoy.
Dr. Ramesh Chandra has been practicing orthopaedic surgery in the Washington DC Metropolitan area since 1984. The Center for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is easily accessed from anywhere in the Washington DC metropolitan area, with offices located in Falls Church, Reston/Herndon, and Tysons Corner.