Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Relieve pain from shoulder instability

When your shoulder is unstable, the shoulder joint is too loose and the upper part of your arm bone can move around or slip out of the socket, causing a dislocation.

Shoulder instability can be caused by an injury, whether it’s sudden, chronic or from overuse, repetitive stress or a dislocation. The ligaments that hold the bone in place are stretched and torn, increasing the risk of instability and future dislocations. Doing the same motion over and over causes the ligaments to stretch and no longer hold the bone in place.

To prevent arthritis, chronic pain and other complications from an unstable shoulder, see a provider at Goshen Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. We treat shoulder instability in Goshen, Elkhart and Nappanee, IN, for both athletes and nonathletes. Our team is passionate about helping the people of Elkhart County and beyond live active, healthy lives free of pain.

To make an appointment for a loose shoulder joint or other sports injury, call (574) 534-2548.

Recognizing shoulder instability symptoms

Signs of an unstable shoulder include:

  • Shoulder pain when doing certain shoulder movements
  • Shoulder pain that becomes consistent over time
  • Shoulder pain that comes on suddenly, depending on the injury
  • A numbing pins-and-needles sensation in your hand
  • A feeling that your shoulder is out of place, loose or slipping
  • Easy and frequent shoulder dislocations

Healing your loose shoulder at Goshen Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Our board certified, fellowship trained providers collaborate to determine the best approach to treating your shoulder instability. We can reposition your dislocated shoulder, as well as recommend treatment, such as:

Ice, rest, anti-inflammatory medications and injections to reduce inflammation and pain

  • Physical therapy to strengthen your muscles
  • Taping your shoulder for support
  • Surgery to repair the injury
  • Stretches and techniques to prevent further damage or another injury

Physical therapy is offered through Goshen Rehabilitation. We coordinate your appointments to make your care as convenient as possible.

Recovering from shoulder instability can take time. Our team is committed to getting you back to your normal activities as soon as possible. To address your shoulder pain with a personalized treatment plan, make an appointment by calling (574) 534-2548.

Goshen Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine offers leading-edge shoulder instability treatment in Goshen, Elkhart and Nappanee, IN.