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Shoulder Instability

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Click here for a patient information leaflet on shoulder instability



Unstable shoulder is one that is 'loose' and does not stay in joint as it should normally. This may merely slide around in the joint - subluxation - or actulally come out - dislocation.

Instability can be a result of an injury such as in contact sports where it often damages soft tissue or bone structures in the shoulder joint. A bankart lesion is often created where the glenoid (socket) is damaged allowing the humeral head (the ball) to slip out of joint.



Bony Bankart lesion, seen at arthroscopy