Posterior shoulder instability

S. A. Petersen

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The treatment of posterior instability of the shoulder often is challenged by the difficulty in making a correct diagnosis. A nonoperative program directed at reducing pain and increasing stability through comprehensive shoulder-strengthening methods generally has been successful in treating recurrent posterior subluxation of the shoulder. Surgical options for treatment are reserved for patients who fail to recognize improvement after 6 months of therapy and have no evidence of a psychologic disturbance as the cause of the posterior instability. In patients in whom posterior instability was related to a specific traumatic event, a nonoperative program may be less successful, and these patients should be closely monitored during therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-274
Number of pages12
JournalOrthopedic Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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