Chiro Care for Shoulder Instability Sufferers

Shoulder instability is a condition where the shoulder joint is too loose. The ball and socket joint controls shoulder movement. If the joint is healthy, the tendons and ligaments will prevent the shoulder from moving too much. However, if the structures are damaged, then the ball and socket joint will be loose and unstable.

Subluxation vs Dislocation

There is a distinction between a subluxation and a dislocation. Subluxation is when the joint is slightly out of place. A dislocated joint is completely out of place. People with an unstable joint often complain that it feels as though it is going to move out of place. On the other end, Dislocation is ligaments severely torn or stretched. Four out of five patients with a dislocation and are under the age of 35 will eventually have joint instability. Proper treatment can prevent this from happening.

Who Is More At Risk of Shoulder Instability

Many people are at an increased risk for developing joint instability. Athletes who frequently make overhead movements are more likely to develop this condition. People who are double-jointed are also more likely to develop joint instability. Being double-jointed means being able to move the joints further than normal.

Shoulder Instability Treatments

A common treatment for shoulder instability is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Other non-surgical treatments include cold and hot compresses and avoiding certain movements. Chiropractic adjustments are another treatment option. Most patients recover within six to eight weeks. However, the extent of the injury determines how long it takes to recover. After three to six months of non-surgical treatments surgery is recommended if the issue is not resolved. Patients who are under the age of 35 are more likely to have a Bankart tear. The Bankart tear is a tear in the shoulder labrum. On the other hand, older patients are more likely to tear their rotator cuff. In conclusion, if you are struggling with shoulder instability, then a chiropractor can help. Contact Dr. Shane Silver for an appointment today.