The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body and allows you a wide range of motion. The head of the upper arm bone (humerus) sits in a socket like structure. Due to trauma, the head of the humerus may slip, partially or completely, out of the socket, causing shoulder instability. The humerus’ head can be put back into the socket by a physician or may even slip back into the socket on its own. During such an occurrence, the labrum or the ligaments may get torn. Leading Phoenix orthopedic surgeon explains why shoulder instability develops.
• Sudden injury or trauma resulting in tears of the labrum and/or dislocations of the shoulder joint.
• Injury due to repetitive motion. This is common among athletes who may have to make the same overhead motions repeatedly such as in baseball, tennis, swimming or volleyball. Such motion would wear the shoulder joint out.
• Genetic factors may cause the joint and surrounding ligaments, tendons, and muscles, to become loose when the shoulder joint experiences stress.
Shoulder Instability Symptoms
• Shoulder slips in and out of its socket
• Pain in shoulder
• Dislocated shoulders due to sports, vehicular, or other types of injury
• Shoulder laxity from repetitive activities such as throwing or swimming.
Shoulder Instability Treatment by Phoenix orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Adam Farber
Conservative treatments can help most patients. But cases where the shoulder may be subject to rigorous activity such as in competitive sports, surgery is advisable. The top shoulder surgeon Phoenix, Dr. Adam Farber, is an expert in minimally invasive arthroscopic shoulder surgery that minimizes pain and recovery periods. Dr. Farber also recommends surgery for patients who experience dislocation or subluxation repeatedly.