Shoulder instability, also referred to as shoulder dislocation, can be divided into two categories: traumatic onset or atraumatic onset. Traumatic onset instability occurs due to an injury and is most common in young, athletic individuals. Atraumatic onset instability occurs in people who have a general looseness in their shoulder joint. Over time, this looseness causes the shoulder to become unstable and the joint can begin to dislocate. Specializing in all forms of sports medicine, including shoulder dislocation treatment, Dr. Ira Guttentag, M.D., F.A.C.S., of Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine can help you find the relief from your chronic shoulder pain.
Some of the warning signs of shoulder instability include:
- Severely restricted motion
- Pain in the shoulder area
- A visible bump on the front of the shoulder or in the armpit
- The shoulder hanging down and forward with a large dimple noticeable under the collarbone area
Treating shoulder instability with physical therapy and activity modification is generally the first course of action, as these conservative options can help to restore shoulder function, regain lost motion and reduce apprehension. For patients who continually dislocate their shoulder or are experiencing severe pain or mobility limitations, surgery may be beneficial to repair torn or stretched ligaments.
Dr. Guttentag is pleased to offer a minimally invasive surgery option for shoulder instability, allowing patients to recover faster and more fully when compared to traditional open surgery. Using the Bankart repair method, Dr. Guttentag will repair the torn labrum, which is a thick band of cartilage that lines the shoulder socket and helps keep the ball of the humerus locked in place. By reattaching it to the glenoid cavity, stability to the shoulder is restored.
To learn more about the minimally invasive surgery that Dr. Guttentag performs for shoulder instability, request an appointment with him today by contacting Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine.