Shoulder Instability

Providing Outstanding Care for Shoulder Instability

EmergeOrtho remains one of the regional leaders in providing exemplary treatment for a dislocated shoulder. Our entire health care team works closely with patients to determine the best possible course of treatment, ensuring that our patients receive the highest quality care.

A shoulder dislocation or shoulder instability occurs when the upper end of the arm bone pops out of the shoulder joint. This injury may be caused by a direct blow to the shoulder, a fall on an outstretched hand or arm, or an exaggerated overhead throwing motion. This condition limits the shoulder’s mobility and function.

During a dislocation, the top of the arm bone loses contact with the shoulder socket. This painful injury should be immediately evaluated.

Symptoms of a dislocated shoulder include:

  • Pain
  • The loss of the contour of the muscle which rounds the shoulder (deltoid)
  • The arm becomes positioned away from the body
  • The forearm turns outward

If the shoulder should dislocate again, it can cause serious damage to the joint and the surrounding ligament. Repeated dislocations can cause shoulder instability. Arthroscopic stabilization (dislocated shoulder surgery) repairs the shoulder joint and stabilizes it by reattaching torn ligaments to the joint using suture anchors .

Following surgery, the patient will typically need bracing with a sling for 4-6 weeks and physical therapy to regain mobility and function in the shoulder.

We also offer SLAP repair (Biceps tenodesis)

This type of tear affects the biceps tendon that attaches to the top of the shoulder. Symptoms include pain with certain movements, pain within the shoulder or with select arm positions. In addition, patients with a SLAP injury may also experience a locking sensation.

Our specialty-trained physicians work together with you to provide treatment that is comprehensive, compassionate and efficient. EmergeOrtho is the best choice for the treatment of shoulder injuries — our surgeons use the latest techniques to help you return to your active lifestyle stronger, healthier, and better.


Sources:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. “Shoulder Injuries in the Throwing Athlete”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Chronic Shoulder Instability.