The shoulder joint has a wide range of motion, but can become dislocated if injured, overused, or pushed too far. Multiple injuries that make it easier for the joint to dislocate cause shoulder instability.
Shoulder instability may result from a traumatic injury or small repetitive traumatic injuries. A baseball pitcher may develop shoulder instability after many years of pitching. A football player may develop instability following a dislocation of the shoulder joint.
What are the signs and symptoms of shoulder instability?
- Pain in the shoulder
- Repeated shoulder dislocations
- The ability for the shoulder to slip in and out of the joint easily