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Shoulder Instability


Shoulder instability occurs when the head of the humerus is forced out of the shoulder joint socket. This can result from trauma. Occasionally generalised laxity in the joint without trauma can occur and also cause instability as the restraining structures of the shoulder become loosened.

Shoulder subluxation

This is a partial dislocation of the shoulder joint. It will often respond to Physiotherapy treatment consisting of soft tissue manipulation and strengthening exercises for around the thoracic spine, shoulder blade and to the rotator cuff muscles within the joint.
Subluxations that continue despite a good effort at conservative treatment may require a surgical intervention to reinforce the damaged soft tissues.

Shoulder dislocation

This is a complete dislocation of the shoulder joint usually associated with significant injury or trauma. During a dislocation the ligament on the front of the joint becomes damaged causing a bankart lesion. This can cause catching and usually requires surgery. A Orthopaedic consultant may be happy for you to have Physiotherapy rather than surgery and this treatment would focus on strengthening the muscles around the joint to increase its stability.

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