Shoulder instability

Nonoperative management with focused physical therapy, activity modification, and possibly bracing is considered as the first line of treatment for patients with shoulder instability. This treatment is successful in the majority of patients and they are able to get back to their regular activities in a matter of weeks to months. For those who are high risk for recurrence (young, contact athlete, etc.), those who experience multiple instability events, and those who have other damage to the shoulder (cartilage tears, fractures, etc.), surgery may be considered. While there are a number of different surgical treatment options, all are aimed at improving the stability of the shoulder and allowing patients to get back to the activities they desire as soon as is safely possible.

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