The shoulder is the joint that allows you to lift your arm, rotate it, and reach up over your head. Though it can turn in many directions, this range of motion can result in less stability. Shoulder instability occurs when the head of the upper arm bone is forced out of the shoulder socket. This can happen as a result of overuse or injury. Once a shoulder has dislocated, it can repeatedly occur. When a shoulder slips out of place frequently, this is known as chronic shoulder instability. Treating shoulder instability with non-surgical options is possible, but surgery may be necessary to repair torn or stretched ligaments. This ensures that they can hold the shoulder joint in place.
The surgery required will depend on the patient’s needs. In typical cases, this procedure can be done arthroscopically. However, some patients may require open surgery. Our team at Dines Orthopedics can determine which surgery is best to treat this.