Recurrent Shoulder Dislocation

Recurrent Shoulder Dislocation

Recurrent shoulder dislocation occurs when the shoulder joint repeatedly slips out of place, causing pain, instability, and functional limitations. This condition often arises from an initial traumatic injury or due to inherent joint laxity. Fortunately, advancements in arthroscopic surgery provide effective solutions for managing and treating this condition.

What is Arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat joint problems. For shoulder dislocations, arthroscopy allows surgeons to repair damaged structures within the joint using small incisions and specialized instruments. This technique offers numerous benefits over traditional open surgery, including reduced pain, quicker recovery, and less scarring.

Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair

Causes of Recurrent Shoulder Dislocation

  • Trauma: A significant impact, such as from a fall or sports injury, can damage the shoulder’s stabilizing structures.
  • Genetic Predisposition: Some individuals have naturally loose ligaments, making them more susceptible to dislocations.
  • Repetitive Motion: Overuse in activities that involve overhead movements can weaken the shoulder joint over time.

Symptoms of Recurrent Shoulder Dislocation

  • Instability: A sensation that the shoulder may slip out of place during movement.
  • Pain: Persistent or intermittent pain, especially with certain activities or positions.
  • Weakness: Difficulty lifting or using the arm normally due to decreased strength.
  • Swelling and Bruising: These may occur following a dislocation event.



 Diagnosing recurrent shoulder dislocation involves a thorough evaluation, including:

  • Medical History: Discussing previous injuries and dislocation incidents.
  • Physical Examination: Assessing joint stability, range of motion, and areas of tenderness.
  • Imaging Studies: Using X-rays, MRI, or CT scans to visualize the extent of damage and plan treatment.

Postoperative Care and Rehabilitation

      Recovery from arthroscopic shoulder surgery involves:

  • Immobilization: Wearing a sling to support and protect the shoulder during initial healing.
  • Physical Therapy: A structured rehabilitation program to restore strength, flexibility, and range of motion
  • Follow-Up Appointments: Regular visits to monitor progress and ensure proper healing.

Benefits of Arthroscopic Treatment

  • Reduced Pain: Smaller incisions result in less postoperative pain.
  • Lower Risk of Complications: Minimally invasive techniques minimize the risk of infection and other complications.
  • Faster Recovery: Patients can return to normal activities and sports more quickly.
  • Improved Cosmetic Outcomes: Smaller scars are less noticeable and heal better.

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If you’re struggling with recurrent shoulder dislocations, don’t wait to seek help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how arthroscopic surgery can restore stability and function to your shoulder.