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shoulder instability

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 24, 2011
  • 00:25 AM

I have had shoulder instability for about 5 years (currently 18 year old female). Orthopedic surgeon referred me to PT, which I did for about 6 months. Minimal positive results, so that was stopped. In the last 2 years or so, my scapulothoracic, acromioclavicular, and sternoclavicular, joints have become unstable in addition to the glenohumeral joint (all subluxing multiple times per day/night). My ROM has decreased, and my pain has significantly increased. Pain sometimes wakes me up at night, and limits my activities. Ortho said surgery wasn’t an option because my ligaments are too stretchy and it would “be like sewing taffy.” Are there any other options for me?

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  • Hi, I am a physical therapist. It is very unusual for all of the related shoulder joints to be that unstable. I would recommend getting a second opinion from another ortho doctor. Surgery may be an option for the glenohumeral joint but they might not want to do it because of other areas of instability. Generally people that have had a trauma that began the instability do well with PT but those with natural instability end up with surgery. Seek another opinion. For more info and treatment ideas for shoulder joint issues visit:http://www.joint-pain-solutions.com/shoulder-joint-pain.html Good luck. ~JTrempe PT, ATC
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    • February 9, 2011
    • 02:59 PM
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