Does your shoulder ever feel loose, almost like it’s slipping in and out of place? If so, you may have a condition known as “shoulder instability.” The ligaments, tendons, and muscles around your shoulder joint are responsible for keeping the top of your upper arm bone within the socket, and when they are too loose—whether due to an injury, overuse, or genetics—they can allow your arm bone to slide out of place, possibly leading to a dislocation. Fortunately, shoulder instability can be treated and patients in Durham, North Carolina, and surrounding areas can rely on North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic for treatment.

Symptoms of Shoulder Instability

People with shoulder instability often describe a feeling of looseness, saying that it feels like their arm is about to come out of the socket. This can sometimes cause pain. If you’ve experienced numerous shoulder dislocations, that could also be a sign of shoulder instability.

Treatment for Shoulder Instability

In many cases, we’re able to treat shoulder instability without the need for surgery. Certain exercises, for instance, can strengthen your shoulder to ensure that the joint remains in proper position. Some patients also benefit from anti-inflammatory medications and corticosteroid injections. If conservative treatments like these don’t provide relief, surgery may be necessary.

For More Information

If you think you may have shoulder instability and you’d like to learn more about the treatment options available to you, contact North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic today. We can answer any questions you may have and schedule a time for you to meet with one of the skilled orthopedists at our Durham, NC, office. We’ve been serving patients in this area since 2003 and we look forward to working with you.