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Old 11-08-2011, 12:04 PM
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Hi everyone,

I have loose joints. In my right shoulder I had about 15 partial (very painful) dislocations over 7 years before I decided to get arthroscopic surgery in the summer. The MRI showed a torn labrum, which was fixed with anchors and the doctor also tightened my shoulder capsule. I'm going to PT and although my shoulder is still weak, mentally I feel a lot better about not having to worry about further dislocations.

I started experiencing pain in my left shoulder now and have been told I have the same problem. I haven't had any dislocations, but I was told things are moving around because the joint is loose and that is what is causing me pain.

I'm not sure if PT will work since it didn't for my right shoulder and I've been working out both since I first got the diagnosis years ago. My surgeon said i could get surgery if I wanted to. The situation isn't as dire as it was in my right side, but I'm having a lot of anxiety that it will pop put and I've been limiting my movement.

Any thoughts?
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:46 PM
Location: Prescott AZ
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Well, I'll give it a shot, but you need to remember none of us are docs or really qualified to answer you.
I think I would seek a second opinion before doing anything. Any doctor who would say to me "you can have surgery if you want to" sounds like he, himself, isn't sure of the best way to go. I would seek another opinion from a reputable surgeon in your area and then make a decision.
I guess I never heard of "loose joints" but then lots of people have lots of things I never heard of. Good luck to you.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:47 AM
Location: Tigard, Oregon
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I'd suggest a second opinion or even a third. What does your PT say about it? More information will be helpful as you determine what you are dealing with and ALL your options, before you make any decisions

A couply years ago a dr told me that it's important to be careful when you choose surgery especially for situations that it is not clearly indicated, such as this. We were discussing back surgery, but it strikes me that this is not all that different. His point was that once you cut and start messing with things, the integrity of the bones, etc. is never as strong as it was before the procedure. Good luck!
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