Shoulder instability occurs when the structures surrounding the shoulder joint are unable to properly hold the ball in its socket. Ongoing instability can lead to overall shoulder dysfunction, making it an issue that should be addressed as soon as possible so that a treatment plan can be developed.
What causes shoulder instability?
Anyone who has suffered a prior shoulder dislocation is at an increased risk for shoulder instability. When the joint comes completely out of place, this can tear the ligaments. These ligaments will eventually heal, however they often are looser than they once were, creating instability and the possibility of future dislocations.
In addition to a full dislocation, instability can also cause a shoulder subluxation. This occurs when the joint only partially comes out of place.
Athletes who participate in sports that involve repeated overhead arm motions such as baseball pitchers and volleyball players have a higher risk than most of stretching out their shoulder ligaments which, in turn, can create shoulder instability. Others may have loose shoulder joints due to a connective tissue disorder that affects joints throughout the body, which sometimes can be referred to as ‘double jointed.’
When it comes to treatment, it is important to keep in mind that each patient’s needs are different. Sports taping can provide additional support that can be especially helpful for athletes.
One option that your chiropractor may suggest is a strength training exercise plan in order to help build support around the shoulder joint. Chiropractic manipulation may be used in conjunction with an exercise plan, but it also can be used on its own. In order to achieve the best results, patients should continue with chiropractic treatment on a regular basis.
Thanks to these chiropractic treatments, many patients are able to avoid a costly surgery. Be sure to contact Peak Form Health Center if you have any questions about shoulder instability and/or chiropractic care.