Treatment for Shoulder Instability Available at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic’s Reno, NV, Location
Shoulder instability is a frustrating condition that can make it difficult to perform many of your daily activities. Because failing to treat this condition could lead to arthritis and other complications, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. The orthopedic specialists at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic’s Reno, Nevada, location have experience treating patients with shoulder instability and can help you find relief.
The muscles and ligaments surrounding your shoulder joint help to maintain shoulder stability by keeping the top of the humerus bone inside the shoulder socket. Shoulder instability occurs when these muscles and ligaments become too loose, allowing the bone to move around inside the socket. People with this condition typically experience pain and a feeling of looseness in their shoulder. Instability can also lead to subluxation, where the bone comes partway out of the socket, or complete dislocation, where the bone comes all the way out of the socket.
Before visiting our Reno office, you’ll want to review your symptom history to determine which of the following circumstances may have caused you to begin experiencing instability in your shoulder:
- Injury — Some people begin experiencing shoulder instability after sustaining an injury that stretched or tore the ligaments from their shoulder (also referred to as a “Bankart lesion”).
- Overuse — Some people gradually develop shoulder instability after repeatedly performing the same overhead motions with their arm, such as painting or swimming.
- Genetics — Some people are born with naturally loose ligaments, often throughout their entire body, making them genetically prone to shoulder instability. These individuals, who are commonly referred to as being “double-jointed,” are more likely to develop multidirectional instability, where the shoulder dislocates in various directions, as compared to those people whose instability results from injury or overuse.
Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic’s specialists will discuss your symptoms and treatment history with you and conduct a physical exam. They may also order diagnostic testing, such as an X-ray or an MRI, to determine whether you’ve sustained any injury to the bones or soft tissues in your shoulder.
We generally recommend that patients experiencing shoulder instability first attempt a course of conservative treatment, potentially including pain medications, cortisone injections, heat/cold therapy, physical therapy, and activity modifications. If these conservative methods do not produce the necessary relief, you may want to consider undergoing surgery to stabilize the area. Two commonly used procedures are a Bankart repair, where the surgeon reattaches torn ligaments to the bone surrounding the shoulder socket, and a capsular shift, where the surgeon tightens the shoulder joint lining.
If you’ve been experiencing the symptoms of shoulder instability, please contact Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic to schedule an appointment at our Reno, NV, office. We look forward to helping you restore your quality of life.