Comprehensive Care

Our team of orthopedic surgeons at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute offers the most specialized expertise in shoulder care of any orthopedic center in the region. Our specialists are fellowship-trained in shoulder surgery and are dedicated entirely to treating shoulder conditions.

Your orthopedic surgeon will spend time with you to determine the cause of your shoulder dislocation or instability and make sure you fully understand your condition and treatment options. We specialize in the most advanced procedures to help you regain strength and range of motion after experiencing a shoulder dislocation. Our goal is to heal your injury and return you to your normal level of activity, free of pain.

What causes shoulder pain?

It can result from a wide range of possible causes, including shoulder fractures. When your pain is accompanied by a “loose” feeling and lack of range of motion, it may be due to dislocation or instability.

Shoulder Dislocation

A dislocation occurs when the top of the upper arm bone moves out of the shoulder joint socket. Because this joint is so mobile, it can be very easy to dislocate the bone from the socket. The top of the upper arm bone (humerus) can partially or completely come out of the socket (glenoid).

Shoulder Instability

This condition develops when your muscles and ligaments are not strong enough to hold the shoulder bones securely in the socket. This can lead to multiple painful dislocations or prevent you from using the shoulder or lifting your arm.

What causes shoulder dislocation or instability?

Dislocations can occur as a result of any of the following events:

  • Fall from a height
  • Car accident
  • Strong contact during sports

 

Shoulder instability can develop as a result of:

  • Previous shoulder dislocations: The more often you experience shoulder dislocations, the less stable it becomes.
  • Loose ligaments: Ligaments are the tissues that bind bones together. Shoulder ligaments can either be naturally loose or become loose over time, especially if you repeatedly bring your arm up over your head, as in swimming or tennis.

What are the symptoms of shoulder dislocation or instability?

People with a dislocated shoulder may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Joint pain
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Bruising
  • Instability
  • Muscle spasms

 

Someone with shoulder instability may experience numerous dislocations, along with any of the following symptoms:

  • “Loose” feeling in the shoulder
  • Shoulder pain
  • Trouble lifting your arm

How is shoulder dislocation or instability diagnosed?

The orthopedists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute are highly skilled in diagnosing and treating pain, dislocation, and instability. Our initial exam will generally include:

  • Medical history evaluation – This includes asking questions about previous shoulder injuries and dislocations. It can also include questions about whether you have other medical problems, and if you take any medications.
  • Physical exam – Your orthopedist will examine your shoulder and arm to evaluate your pain and sensitivity, strength, range of motion.
  • Imaging tests – Your doctor may want to examine the bones and joints themselves using a variety of imaging techniques, including:
    • X-ray, which can help determine if you have any broken bones
    • MRI, which uses powerful magnets and computer technology to create a picture of your muscles, tissues, and nerves to show if you have any tissue damage

What are the best treatment options?

Most cases of shoulder instability or dislocation respond well to conservative treatment involving the following:

  • Rest
  • Intensive physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain medication
  • Avoiding activities that previously resulted in shoulder dislocations

 

In cases where non-surgical methods are unsuccessful, surgical options are available to help regain shoulder function, including:

 

If you are suffering from shoulder pain, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience diagnosing and treating shoulder injuries and are pleased to offer comprehensive care in the Washington, D.C. area.

Our Specialists

Shoulder & Elbow

Brent Bowie Wiesel, MD

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean

Sports Medicine

Evan H. Argintar, MD
Evan H. Argintar, MD
Sports Medicine

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Emmanuel Asare O Atiemo, MD

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
Vestinia P. Bridges, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
Wiemi Abell Douoguih, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Daniel Mark Hampton, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
David Charles Johnson, MD

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
John A. Kuri, II, MD
John A. Kuri, II, MD
Sports Medicine

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
Carter Wallace Mitchell, MD

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
William Postma, MD
William Postma, MD
Sports Medicine

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean
Steven James Svoboda, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Mitchellville
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Melissa Ann Yadao, MD
Melissa Ann Yadao, MD
Sports Medicine
PhonePhone: 866-767-1682

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge

General Orthopedics

John P. Byrne, MD
John P. Byrne, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge
Dennis A. Carlini, MD
Dennis A. Carlini, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
Shaun Kumar Khosla, MD
Shaun Kumar Khosla, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
Bruce Robert Knolmayer, MD
Bruce Robert Knolmayer, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Kevin McMahon, MD
Kevin McMahon, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Edward C. Rabbitt, MD
Edward C. Rabbitt, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
Jeffrey D. Sabloff, MD
Jeffrey D. Sabloff, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf

Locations

3800 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20007
Phone: 202-444-8766
18109 Prince Philip Drive, Suite 325 Olney, MD, 20832
Phone: 301-774-8958
25500 Point Lookout Road, Suite 250 Leonardtown, MD, 20650
Phone: 240-434-7483
106 Irving Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20010
Phone: 202-877-6000
1120 20th Street Northwest, Building 1 South Washington, DC, 20036
Phone: 202-416-2000
13950 Brandywine Road, 2nd Floor Brandywine, MD, 20613
Phone: 301-856-1682
5454 Wisconsin Avenue, 11th Floor Chevy Chase, MD, 20815
Phone: 301-215-9423
6355 Walker Lane, Suite 501 Alexandria, VA, 22310
Phone: 703-971-3701
12825 Minnieville Road, Suite 203 Woodbridge, VA, 22192
Phone: 703-971-3701
6858 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 200 Mc Lean, VA, 22101
Phone: 202-444-8766
11325 Pembrooke Square, Suite 115 Waldorf, MD, 20603
Phone: 301-856-1682