Shoulder Instability

Wobbly Shoulder Also Known As Shoulder Instability

What is a Wobbly Shoulder?

It occurs when the head of the upper arm bone is forced out of the shoulder socket. This can happen as a result of a sudden injury or from overuse.

However, there are many conditions that can mimic Shoulder Instability, such as biceps tendinopathy, rotator cuff strain and nerve entrapment in shoulder.

What are the common causes?
  • Previous shoulder dislocation
  • Repetitive overhead activities such as painting, swimming, tennis and volleyball
  • “Double-joint” meaning an innate increase of flexibility across the whole body, also known as hypermobility
What are the main symptoms?
  • Shoulder pain during activity especially overhead activities
  • Reduced shoulder movement
  • Clicking and clunking shoulder joint
  • A sensation of the shoulder feeling loose, slipping in and out of the joint
  • Repeated shoulder dislocations
  • Heaviness in affected shoulder with movement
How can we help?
  • Comprehensive head-to-toe assessment to find out the causes of your discomfort and all related contributing factors
  • 100% Hands-on treatment to address any mobility issues related to nerves, muscles and joints
  • A shoulder brace may be prescribed to help support the joint and reduce pain
  • An individualized home exercise program is prescribed to enable self-management
What happens if you leave it untreated?

Generally, the longer you have had the injury, the longer it will take to recover.  Most of the time, you may assume things will get better by themselves with enough rest.  But this is rarely the case, especially if your pain or other symptoms are stopping you from doing what you normally able to do.  So, take action and get back doing what you love as soon as possible.

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