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Shoulder Instability 

Have you got shoulder instability? It may be from a previous shoulder dislocation or injury or perhaps you may have always had a clicky or loose feeling shoulder when you were younger. 

In most cases physiotherapy can be very helpful. We need to strengthen the muscles which keep the ball and socket of your shoulder in place. These are primarily the rotator cuff muscles. In addition we do want to strengthen the muscles around your shoulder blade, which include your middle, upper and lower trapezius, serratus anterior and pectoral and latissimus dorsi muscles to name a few. 

Helping the shoulder stabilize well through movement and into the areas you feel like it is dislocating is important. The most common position to feel unstable is in the throwing or stop sign position (with your arm out by your side, elbow bent to 90 degrees and palm facing forwards). This is called anterior shoulder instability as the shoulder is more likely to feel like it is dislocating forwards or anteriorly.

Some people do have posterior shoulder instability where the shoulder feels like it is about to pop out backwards (typically when the arm is pulled across the chest to the other side of the body), and a minority also feel like it is popping out downwards.

A combination of 2 or more of these directions is called multidirectional instability.

In all cases physiotherapy is your first point of call before considering anything invasive like a shoulder surgery. If you do have any of these problems, we have got you covered.

Call us today,

Written by

Jonathan Khoo

Movement Mill Physiotherapist

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