The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body. The soft tissues around the shoulder, including the labrum, capsule, ligaments, and rotator cuff muscles, stabilize the shoulder. Tearing, stretching, or injury of these tissues can result in an unstable shoulder.
Surgery should be considered when recurrent instability occurs despite an adequate course of physical therapy or if the likelihood of recurrent instability is high. Dr. Li performs all of his shoulder stabilization surgeries arthroscopically and with minimal invasion. Therapy is a key component of the recovery process and is started the day after surgery.