The shoulder is built to rotate in many ways and directions; unfortunately this extensive motion can also lead to chronic instability of the shoulder. The shoulder becomes unstable when it is forced out of its socket either partially or completely. The shoulder relies on its bones, tendons, and muscles to maintain its position, if these parts are damaged or compromised in any way the shoulder can lose its stability.
A shoulder that has been previously damaged, such as through fracture or dislocation, is much more likely to undergo symptoms of instability than a shoulder that has not undergone any trauma.
Shoulder dislocations are perhaps the most common cause of this condition. Dislocations occur when the head of the shoulder becomes detached from the socket bone. This is usually the result of intense motor vehicle accidents or sports injuries. A shoulder that has been severely dislocated is much more likely to become chronically unstable.
Overuse and repetitive strain are likely to lead to a case of shoulder instability. Careers that require extensive overhead work and intensive sports can quickly deplete the ligaments and bones that comprise the shoulder if preformed too often.
Although it is rare, shoulders can become unstable even without a history of injury. This is often attributed to a natural loss of ligaments and is known as multi-directional instability.
Shoulder instability is usually accompanied by pain and a persistent feeling that the shoulder is about to pop out of its socket. Weakness and clicking sensations are also commonly noted. These feelings are usually experienced during or after shoulder intensive activities.
After a traumatic shoulder dislocation, the shoulder is put back into place and is treated with ice and a sling allowing for immediate relief. Following a period of rest, the patient is given various shoulder exercises to strengthen and reinforce the shoulder muscles in an effort to prevent or reduce the chance of repeated injury.
Surgical procedures are also available if the shoulder continues to be unstable during work, sports, or daily activities. During surgery, the torn ligaments are reattached to form tighter and shorter bonds thereby stabilizing the shoulder.
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