When a shoulder is dislocated several times, the normal ball in socket formation is disrupted resulting in injury to the ligaments and labrum, a soft-fiber tissue rim providing support to the shoulder joint. This results in instability in the shoulder joint.
- Several prior shoulder dislocations
- Feeling that shoulder may move out of the socket
If the shoulder is currently dislocated, a doctor will put the shoulder joint back in place by pushing the ball of the upper arm back into the socket.
A sling or other advanced support for the shoulder can reduce motion, allowing the shoulder to rest and begin the healing process. The doctor may also recommend a brace.
Certified Physical Therapists work closely with doctors to create an individualized program to maximize healing and restore function, strength and mobility.
When conservative treatments fail to keep the shoulder from dislocating, surgery may be recommended. Surgery is used to stabilize and strengthen the shoulder joint, but may involve some loss of movement in the shoulder.