Shoulder Instability | Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  • What is the likely cause of my shoulder instability?
  • What is the best treatment option for me? Will I need physical therapy?
  • How long before I can expect relief from my symptoms?
  • I play a sport. When can I return to my normal level of activity?
  • Is it possible that my symptoms could return?
  • Is it safe for me to exercise? What kind of exercise should I do?


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

Written by editorial staff

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