Treatment of Shoulder Subluxation (Instability)
A shoulder subluxation or instability involves a temporary, partial dislocation of the shoulder joint. The shoulder is made up of a ball-and-socket joint in which the ball of the upper arm bone is normally held in the socket of the shoulder blade by a group of ligaments that connect to the bones. In a shoulder subluxation, the ball of the upper arm bone slips partially out of the shoulder socket.
How does a shoulder subluxation develop?
A shoulder subluxation usually occurs in one of three types of patients: those with a prior injury to the shoulder, those who overuse their shoulder, and those who are double jointed. Patients who have sustained a prior shoulder dislocation often develop chronic instability this area. The ligaments that support the shoulder are usually torn when the dislocation occurs. If these ligaments heal too loosely, the shoulder will be prone to repeat dislocations and episodes of instability. Athletes or those who compete in sports that involve overhead activities such as volleyball players, swimmers, and baseball pitchers may have a loose shoulder or multidirectional instability (MDI). They will stretch out the shoulder capsule and ligaments, and may develop chronic shoulder instability. And finally, patients with certain connective tissue disorders may have loose shoulder joints. In addition, those with a condition that causes joint laxity, or double-jointedness, may have joints that are too loose throughout their bodies, which can lead to shoulder instability and even dislocation.
Improve shoulder stability by avoiding modern medicine pitfalls
Traditional modern medical treatment for shoulder subluxation or instability involves rotator cuff strengthening exercises, specifically of the supraspinatus muscle, which is the primary muscle responsible for the external rotation of the shoulder. Although rotator cuff strengthening exercises help strengthen shoulder muscles, they usually do not cure the underlying problem, ligament laxity, and, thus, do not alleviate the chronic pain that people with this condition may experience.
Another standard practice of modern medicine is to inject steroids or to prescribe anti-inflammatory medications. However, in the long run, these treatments do more damage than good. Although cortisone shots and anti-inflammatory drugs have been shown to produce short-term pain benefit, both result in long-term loss of function and even more chronic pain by actually inhibiting the healing process of soft tissues and accelerating cartilage degeneration. Plus, long-term use of these drugs can lead to other sources of chronic pain, allergies and leaky gut syndrome.
When all else fails, patients who experience chronic pain as a result of shoulder subluxation may be referred to a surgeon. Unfortunately, surgery often makes the problem worse. Surgeons will use x-ray technology as a diagnostic tool, which does not always properly diagnose the pain source.
Prolotherapy: A better treatment for Shoulder Subluxation
A better approach is to strengthen the ligamentous and shoulder capsular structures with Prolotherapy. In fact, shoulder subluxation or instability is one of the easiest conditions to treat with Prolotherapy. Chronic pain is most commonly due to either to cartilage deterioration, tendon weakness or ligament weakness, as is the case with shoulder subluxation. The safest and most effective natural medicine treatment for repairing tendon, ligament and cartilage damage is Prolotherapy. In simple terms, Prolotherapy stimulates the body to repair painful areas. It does so by inducing a mild inflammatory reaction in the weakened ligaments and cartilage. Since the body heals by inflammation, Prolotherapy stimulates healing.
Prolotherapy offers the most curative results in treating chronic pain. It effectively eliminates pain because it attacks the source: the fibro-osseous junction, an area rich in sensory nerves. What’s more, the tissue strengthening and pain relief stimulated by Prolotherapy is permanent!
Prolotherapy Research on Shoulder Pain
Read our research on painful shoulder conditions in the Journal of Prolotherapy and other medical journals at Prolotherapy.org.