Shoulder Instability? We Can Help

Dealing with shoulder instability? We offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatment options.

These events can be subtle shifts or as obvious as a dislocation which requires a visit to the emergency room for relocation. Our shoulder and elbow specialist Dr. Alexander Martusiewicz can help diagnose the condition and customized a treatment plan to help you better manage your shoulder instability (and to prevent the problem from getting worse).


What causes shoulder instability?


  • Shoulder trauma resulting in a labral tear
  • Bone loss of the shoulder socket from multiple dislocations
  • Genetic predisposition from ligamentous laxity


How do I know that I have shoulder instability?

If you often feel like your shoulder is coming out of the socket, this is a telltale sign of shoulder instability. Most people will experience pain with dislocation or subluxation as well. You may notice that certain movements such as reaching for objects behind you or above eye level are no longer possible or cause significant pain. You may also lose confidence in using your shoulder in certain positions.


How is shoulder instability treated?

Rest is crucial, particularly for those who have a dislocated or partially dislocated shoulder. You will want to limit activities for at least the first few days after your injury. If you’re in significant pain, our doctor may recommend immobilizing the shoulder. You may also take prescription or over-the-counter pain relievers or use ice packs on the shoulder to manage pain and swelling.


Once symptoms have improved Dr. Martusiewicz will provide you with a wide range of exercises designed to strengthen and improve the functionality and range of motion of your shoulder. We may also recommend physical therapy and rehabilitation to help retrain the muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissue within the shoulder. Our goal is to prevent pain and swelling while also providing long-term improvement of shoulder function.


We offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatment options to treat everything from shoulder dislocations to labral tears. If you find that physical therapy has not provided you with the restored shoulder functionality you were hoping for, our shoulder specialist may recommend minimally invasive surgery to repair labral tears or other issues that are causing your shoulder weakness.


Beaumont Orthopedic Associates has offices in Royal Oak and Taylor, MI, to serve you better. If you are looking for a shoulder specialist who can provide you with comprehensive and specialized shoulder care you can call our Taylor office at (313) 887-6000, or our Royal Oak office at (248) 551-9100.

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