The shoulder joint is very movable, but as a result can dislocate easily.
Often when this happens the lining of the shoulder joint is pulled off the bone, meaning dislocations can reoccur. This is called a Bankart tear.
Some patients have no further problems after a shoulder dislocation. But many suffer recurrent instability. Surgery to repair the tear can be beneficial in restoring shoulder stability.
To read more about shoulder stabilisation surgery visit our treatment page.
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Shoulder surgery (rotator cuff repair)
The rotator cuff is formed of four tendons and the adjacent muscles that attach your arm to the top of your shoulder blade, which gives the shoulder stability and control. Tears to the rotator cuff tendon can occur for many reasons including acute injury, overuse or normal age-related changes.