Shoulder instability

An injured or inflamed shoulder is often subsequent to injuries/falls on the shoulder or an outstretched arm in young people. In middle aged (age 30 -50) people most of these problems are due to vigorous overuse repetitive activities such as lifting, painting, shoveling, throwing and reaching. In the elderly, rolling over in bed can be enough to tear or inflame the shoulder.

Symptomatically, you may have pain while lying on the affected side, reaching overhead, reaching behind your back, reaching into the back seat of the car, driving or attempting to lift with the arm out away from the body. This type of pain is generally labeled as tendonitis or bursitis.

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