Shoulder Instability

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Shoulder Instability

Shoulder instability refers to the condition where the ball of the upper arm bone (humerus) pops out of the shoulder socket, either partially or completely. This can be caused by an injury or trauma to the shoulder joint or due to certain medical conditions that affect the stability of the joint.

Ways to Prevent Shoulder instability
  • Avoiding high-impact sports or activities that can cause shoulder injury
  • Practicing proper form and technique during physical activity
  • Strengthening the muscles around the shoulder joint through exercise
What Causes Shoulder instability?
  • Trauma or injury to the shoulder joint, such as a fall or dislocation
  • Repetitive overhead motions that strain the shoulder joint
  • Certain medical conditions that affect the stability of the joint, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or Marfan syndrome
Shoulder instability Symptoms
  • Pain or discomfort in the shoulder joint
  • A sensation of the shoulder "popping out" of the socket
  • Instability or weakness in the shoulder joint
  • Reduced range of motion in the shoulder
When to See the Doctor
  • If you experience persistent shoulder pain or instability
  • If you have difficulty using your arm or lifting objects
  • If you notice swelling or tenderness in the shoulder joint
Shoulder instability Treatment
  • Rest and avoiding activities that aggravate the shoulder
  • Physical therapy to improve joint mobility and strengthen the muscles around the shoulder joint
  • Bracing or taping to provide additional support to the shoulder
  • Arthroscopic surgery to repair or tighten the ligaments and other structures that support the shoulder joint
How Dr. Kunal Patel Can Help

Dr. Kunal Patel is an experienced orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder injuries and conditions, including shoulder instability. He can perform a thorough evaluation to determine the extent of your injury and recommend the most appropriate treatment option for your individual needs. Dr. Patel uses advanced surgical techniques and technology to provide personalized and effective care to his patients, helping them achieve optimal outcomes and regain their shoulder function. He also emphasizes conservative treatment options when possible, and works with his patients to develop customized rehabilitation plans to help them achieve a full recovery.