Shoulder Instability2019-09-03T12:21:47+01:00

Chartered Physiotherapists

Specialists in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Shoulder Instability

Shoulder instability can be post-traumatic as result of an acute accident causing dislocation of the joint or can be atraumatic due to increased ligamentous laxity in the joint capsule. Atraumatic presentations of anterior shoulder instability are common in athletes who have to perform repetitive overhead throwing movements such as tennis players or baseball pitchers.

In some patients instability in the shoulder joint is multidirectional and is usually associated with overall ligamentous laxity throughout the body. The symptoms of shoulder instability include recurrent dislocation or subluxation, pain and sometimes ‘dead arm’ syndrome.


Shoulder instability is treated with strengthening exercises to target the muscles which stabilise the shoulder joint. Our Chartered Physiotherapists will progress you through an intensive rehabilitation program to help build strength in the shoulder joint stabilizers (rotator cuff muscles) and scapular stabilisers. Depending on the direction of instability in the shoulder joint our physiotherapists might place greater emphasis on strengthening the muscle groups which oppose the direction of instability. In cases where conservative strengthening fails to result in improvement we have links with Irelands leading orthopaedic shoulder specialists and can refer you on for further review.

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“Due to a serious Repetitive Strain Injury in my shoulder/neck I have been attending Portobello Physiotherapy on and off over the last several years, during which, the treatment I have received has always been of the highest standard. The staff are both friendly and welcoming and have always answered any questions I’ve asked about my injury. Exercise programmes were set out for me, explained in detail and, in my case, altered to suit how my shoulder/neck react to them. As long as I put the time in to doing the exercises and follow the advice of the Therapists I always see results within a short space of time. I would highly recommend Portobello Physiotherapy to anyone, as the care and attention I have received on my visits has always been second to none.”

Tim Dublin 8

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