You may have seen athletes like wrestlers and basketball players experience a shoulder dislocation during a game. While it’s excruciating to watch, you can see trainers pop the joint back into the socket to help ease the pain.
Shoulder instability doesn’t just occur in athletes, however. The shoulder joint can become loose and slide around too much, or completely slip out of the ball and socket (dislocation) with repetitive motion (such as in certain occupations), and once dislocated, has a higher chance of recurring.
Surgeons at The Orthopaedic and Spine Institute can repair a torn labrum, which is the rim of the shoulder joint that can lead to instability. Arthroscopic repair of the ligaments attached to the labrum is performed simultaneously.
Two common conditions that account for shoulder instability can also be repaired: the Bankart lesion, a tear on the labrum in the lower part of the shoulder joint, and a SLAP lesion, involving the labrum and the ligament on the top part of the shoulder joint.
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