Shoulder Instability | Treatment


How is shoulder instability treated?

Treatment for shoulder instability depends on how bad your injury is and how important it is for you to have a strong shoulder. Some people need physical therapy, while others may need surgery.

What else can I do?

Some people stop playing sports and avoid things that might hurt their shoulder again. If you don't want to give up sports or other activities, ask your doctor if you can do resistance and weight-lifting exercises to help your shoulder muscles grow stronger.


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