What are the treatment options for children with shoulder instability?
Dr. Vidal prefers a conservative approach when treating children suffering from shoulder instability. He will advise rest, anti-inflammatory medication and, in cases of a dislocation, may put the child in a sling for a period of time to immobilize the joint.
For patients in Vail, Aspen and the surrounding Denver, Colorado communities, physical therapy is often part of the non-surgical treatment. Patients will do exercises to strengthen the muscles around the shoulder, to help stabilize the joint.
If non-surgical attempts to strengthen the joint and prevent further dislocations fail, surgery may be necessary. The goal of shoulder surgery in children is to repair the labrum and tighten the ligaments of the shoulder joint, giving the humerus less room to move. This can often be done arthroscopically using a small surgical camera and small specialized instruments to operate within the joint.
When considering surgical intervention for your child’s shoulder instability, it is important to seek a provider who has extensive experience in pediatric orthopedic shoulder surgery. Dr. Armando Vidal can provide patients with options and has a proven track record for helping adolescents with shoulder instability.