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Shoulder Instability

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Shoulder instability is a common orthopedic condition characterized by a looseness or abnormal movement of the shoulder joint, often resulting in pain, recurrent dislocations, and a sensation of the shoulder “giving way.” If you’re suffering from shoulder instability, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gelber to explore personalized treatment options in Burbank.

What is Shoulder Instability?

Shoulder instability is when the shoulder joint experiences an abnormal range of motion, making it prone to dislocation or subluxation. It typically arises from traumatic injuries, such as falls or collisions, or non-traumatic causes, including repetitive overhead activities or inherent joint laxity. This instability can manifest as pain, a feeling of the shoulder slipping out of place, weakness, or limited motion.

Potential Causes of Shoulder Instability:

  • Traumatic injury, such as a fall, sports-related collision, or car accident
  • Repetitive overhead motions, common in athletes like baseball players and swimmers
  • Anatomical factors like loose ligaments or shallow shoulder socket (glenoid)
  • Prior shoulder dislocations, which can weaken the joint’s stability
  • Age-related wear and tear, including degenerative changes in the shoulder
  • Underlying medical conditions or connective tissue disorders that affect joint stability
  • Improper rehabilitation following a shoulder injury, leading to residual instability

Common Symptoms of Shoulder Instability:

  • Recurrent shoulder dislocations or subluxations
  • A sensation of the shoulder “giving way”
  • Pain or discomfort in the shoulder joint
  • Weakness in the affected shoulder
  • Limited range of motion, especially during overhead activities
  • Muscle spasms around the shoulder
  • Difficulty performing daily tasks, such as lifting objects or reaching overhead

Treatment Options for Shoulder Instability

If you’re experiencing symptoms of shoulder instability, it’s essential to consult Dr. Gelber to discuss appropriate treatment options. Your choice of treatment will depend on the severity of your condition, your activity level, and your overall health. Dr. Gelber will listen to your symptoms, administer imaging tests, and curate a personalized treatment plan.

Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative medicine techniques like PRP or stem cell injections catalyze the body’s natural healing abilities to promote tissue repair and reduce inflammation in the shoulder joint. PRP injections involve injecting a concentrated solution of your own platelets into the affected area, while stem cell injections use specialized cells to encourage tissue regeneration.

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Functional & Integrative Medicine

Functional and integrative medicine approaches focus on addressing the root causes of shoulder instability. Dr. Gelber may recommend physical therapy, which includes exercises to strengthen the shoulder muscles and improve joint stability. Dietary and lifestyle modifications can also play a role in managing inflammation and optimizing overall health.

Last Resort: Arthroscopic Surgery

If conservative treatments do not provide relief or your shoulder instability is severe, Dr. Gelber may recommend arthroscopic surgery. This minimally invasive procedure involves using a tiny camera and small instruments to repair damaged ligaments or tissues in the shoulder.

Consult Dr. Gelber Today

Dr. Jonathan Gelber, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in sports medicine, is dedicated to returning you to an active lifestyle. As someone who understands the mindset of being an athlete, he offers personalized care for shoulder instability to help you get back on track. Don’t let shoulder instability limit your activities; consult Dr. Gelber today to explore the best treatment options to reclaim your life.

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