Shoulder instability can feel like the shoulder has come out of the socket or “gives way” when making certain movements. This condition can cause pain and limited range of motion, and if left untreated, can lead to more serious injury or eventual arthritis. Thomas & Bigler Knee & Shoulder Institute, led by established board certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steven C. Thomas and Dr. Gregory T. Bigler provides treatment of shoulder instability to patients in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as greater Pahrump, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, and Mesquite, NV.
What is Shoulder Instability?
Shoulder instability is a condition in which the shoulder repeatedly slips out of the socket. This is most commonly caused by a dislocation of the shoulder during injury, or repeated overhead motions such those performed during sports. Injury or overuse of the shoulder can cause stretching and tearing of the ligaments or labrum, allowing the ball of the shoulder joint to continually slip out of the socket.
The most common cause of shoulder instability is injury that causes the shoulder to dislocate. When injury occurs, the labrum can be torn from the bone or the ligaments may become overstretched, resulting in a loose shoulder. Other than injury, the shoulder joints may become loose with repeated shoulder motions. This is more common for athletes such as baseball players and swimmers. Genetic issues can also cause one to have more elastic ligaments that cause the shoulder to be easily dislocated.
Symptoms of shoulder instability include:
- Repetitive dislocation of the shoulder
- Shoulder repeatedly giving out
- Shoulder feeling loose or slipping in and out of place
When to See a Doctor
To avoid more serious injury and pain to the shoulder, you should seek medical evaluation right away. If left untreated, the damage to the shoulder may progress further and may require more intense treatment or surgery to remediate. Thomas & Bigler Knee & Shoulder Institute, led by established board certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steven C. Thomas and Dr. Gregory T. Bigler provides treatment of shoulder instability to patients in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as greater Pahrump, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, and Mesquite, NV.
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