Shoulder Instability | Diagnosis & Tests


How can my doctor find out I have shoulder instability?

Your doctor will look at your shoulder, moving your arm around to find signs of instability. Your doctor may also take X-rays. The X-rays will show if your shoulder bones are in the right place. Your doctor might want you to have a magnetic resonance image (MRI) scan. An MRI lets your doctor see the bones and other parts of your shoulder in greater detail.


Shoulder Instability in Young Athletes by BL Mahaffey, M.D., and PA Smith, M.D. (American Family Physician May 15, 1999,

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 09/00