Recurrent Anterior Shoulder Instability

Also known as: anterior shoulder instability, traumatic anterior shoulder instability

What is recurrent anterior shoulder instability?

Recurrent anterior shoulder instability is a condition that is frequently seen along with or after a shoulder dislocation. It is characterized by sensations of instability or weakness at the shoulder joint.

What causes recurrent anterior shoulder instability?

Recurrent anterior shoulder instability frequently occurs after a dislocated shoulder, although it can occur due to other injuries or structural abnormalities in some instances.

What are the symptoms of recurrent anterior shoulder instability?

Patients with recurrent anterior shoulder instability may have shoulder pain, weakness, trouble with mobility, and a general feeling of instability in the shoulder.

How can recurrent anterior shoulder instability affect children?

Children can experience an injury that leads to recurrent anterior shoulder instability just like adults. Once a shoulder dislocation occurs, it is more likely that the patient may experience recurrent anterior shoulder instability.

What are recurrent anterior shoulder instability treatments?

Mild to moderate cases of recurrent anterior shoulder instability may be treated with physical therapy, over-the-counter pain relievers, rest and exercises to strengthen the shoulder. More severe instances of recurrent anterior shoulder instability may require surgery followed by rehabilitation.

Reviewed by: Craig Spurdle, MD

This page was last updated on: April 09, 2021 03:43 PM

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