Treatment of all Types of Shoulder Instability

Shoulder instability is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide. While not life-threatening, the condition can be both painful and inconvenient. The condition occurs for a number of reasons and usually results in the shoulder easily dislocating or experiencing subluxation. While instability can occur in any joint, it is more common in the shoulder as this joint is shallower than the others.

Here at Blue Tree Clinics, our orthopedic specialists in Dubai are skilled in the provision of treatment for all types of shoulder instability. We are able to perform both arthroscopic and open procedures and thanks to the most cutting-edge technology, we are able to handle your treatment from start-to-finish.

To find out more about the causes as well as treatment methods that we provide, read on below.


As mentioned above, there a number of reasons as to why shoulder instability can occur. Depending on the cause, shoulder instability can be placed into one of three different categories:

Traumatic Dislocation – a traumatic dislocation is the result of an injury that forces the shoulder out of its joint. An example of such an injury would be as a result of breaking your fall with an outstretched arm or a sudden impact from being hit by a car. The resulting force tears the soft tissue around the rotator cuff causing the shoulder to become dislocated.

Non-traumatic – where any activity occurs that requires constant use of the shoulders, the soft tissue around the joint can start to stretch. As this occurs, the muscles surrounding the rotator cuff will weaken. The shoulder will become far easier to dislocate in the process of carrying out general day-to-day activities.

Positional non-traumatic – positional non-traumatic dislocation follows the same principle as non-traumatic dislocation. Where it differs is that it usually occurs as a result of the patient intentionally dislocating their own shoulder joint. While this starts out as something that can be done consciously, as the soft tissue weakens it will occur by itself with increasing frequency.

Arthroscopic Surgery

Where possible, we will usually suggest arthroscopic surgery to resolve any issues associated with shoulder instability. The aim of the procedure is simple – to effect repairs to the torn labrum as well as the ligaments that comprise the shoulder joint. This procedure involves using a small camera, known as an arthroscope, which is inserted through a small incision in the skin.

The arthroscope can be used to examine and repair any damage returning the tissue to its normal position. As a result, the shoulder will be tightened increasing the strength of the ball and socket. Sutures and anchors are used to attach tendons to the bone to achieve the desired effect. Due to the nature of this method, recovery time is minimised, and in many cases, only a local anaesthetic is required.

Open Surgery

If arthroscopic stabilisation is not possible, then open surgery may be required to correct any shoulder instability. This procedure must be done under general anaesthetic and involves creating a wound through which the joint is examined and repaired. The process is more complex and involves several stages which include:

  • Extracting part of the coracoid bone
  • Transferring this part to the front of the glenoid – the aim is to replace the missing bone which achieves the effect of making the socket deeper
  • Extracting muscle attachments from the coracoid
  • Moving these attachments to the front of the shoulder
  • The purpose of this is to support the front of the shoulder with a sort of internal sling

Before commencing with any treatment, you’ll first attend a consultation with one of our experienced orthopedic surgeons. They will carry out a full physical assessment and review your medical history in order to provide you with the best advice possible. Every treatment plan is tailored to the patient’s individual needs. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have as well as talk you through the entire process.

Also, our in-house physiotherapists are available to assist with your recovery once the procedure is completed. A rehabilitation program is essential in strengthening the muscles as well as promoting increased mobility. We’ll be happy to discuss this option with you during your initial consultation so you’ll know exactly what to expect.

Why choose Blue Tree Clinics?

Here at Blue Tree Clinics, we understand just how important your health and fitness is and we never take our patient’s concerns lightly. For many years, we have assisted thousands of patients who are living with a wide range of medical issues. Our multi-skilled team consists of some of the best specialists spanning multiple fields including chiropractors, dieticians, dermatologists, plastic surgeons and more.

Our goal is to provide our patients with the finest care possible. We are here to listen to your concerns and are committed to finding the most efficient way for us to help you to achieve your healthcare goals. Furthermore, our holistic approach means that we will treat the underlying cause of your condition and not just the symptoms. So if you’re looking for a healthcare provider that promotes dignity, honesty, trust and integrity, look no further than Blue Tree Clinics.


“As a teenager you’re always looking for ways to impress your friends. My party trick was to dislocate my shoulder – great for the shock and entertainment value! I came to regret this, as later in life I found my shoulder would dislocate by itself causing no end of discomfort. After discussing my concerns with Blue Tree I was booked in for an arthroscopic procedure – the guys were really professional and were able correct my shoulder instability with no hassle whatsoever.”