Conditions

Shoulder Pain, Instability and Dislocations

About Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is a common problem for many people, especially those who are active. You may feel pain only when you move your shoulder, or all of the time. The pain may be temporary or it may continue and require medical diagnosis and treatment. Among the causes of shoulder pain are shoulder instability and shoulder dislocations.

Shoulder instability occurs when the head of the upper arm bone is forced out of the shoulder socket. This can happen as a result of a sudden injury or from overuse. Even a minor injury may push the arm bone out of its socket. A dislocation is when the head of the arm bone slips out of the shoulder socket. Shoulder dislocations can be partial, with the ball of the upper arm coming just partially out of the socket. A complete dislocation means the ball comes all the way out of the socket. Once the ligaments, tendons, and muscles around the shoulder become loose or torn, dislocations can become chronic, occurring repeatedly. If nonsurgical treatments do not result in any improvement, arthroscopic surgery may be beneficial.

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