Chronic shoulder instability and dislocation

Traumatic shoulder dislocation is a frequent injury in the sports population. An acute shoulder dislocation often means a one time traumatic episode, whereas chronic shoulder instability indicates frequent dislocations.

Following an initial shoulder dislocation, doctors will debate whether or not to perform a surgery to prevent recurrence. If the patient in under 30 years of age, shoulder surgery is typically recommended because younger athletes are much more prone to repeated dislocations than older athletes.