Shoulder Instability and Ligament Tears Treated in Baltimore

Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, Hand Center - Baltimore

At The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, orthopedic surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder conditions, including shoulder instability and ligament tears.

About the Condition

Shoulder instability occurs when the ball is not secured in the socket by the structures around the shoulder joint. The shoulder may move partially or completely out of place. Shoulder instability most often occurs following previous shoulder dislocations, with repetitive overhead movements or when double jointed.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Symptoms of shoulder instability include:

  • Feeling like the shoulder is about to come out of place
  • Pain
  • Continual occurrence of shoulder dislocations

An orthopedic doctor specializing in shoulder conditions can diagnose shoulder instability during a physical exam and by taking a medical history. X-rays and MRIs may be taken to help confirm a shoulder instability diagnosis.

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Treatment Options

Shoulder instability treatment begins with non-surgical options such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Modification of activities

When non-surgical options do not relieve shoulder instability, surgery is performed to repair torn or stretched ligaments. A common surgical treatment option is arthroscopic shoulder stabilization, a minimally invasive procedure.