Shoulder instability in the military

Clin Sports Med. 2014 Oct;33(4):707-20. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2014.06.006. Epub 2014 Sep 22.


Shoulder instability is common in military populations, and this demographic represents individuals at high risk for recurrence. Surgical management is often indicated, especially in high-demand young individuals, and provides a predictable return to military duties. Accurate recognition of glenoid bone loss and other associated anatomic lesions is of importance for appropriate selection between arthroscopic capsulolabral repair and bony reconstruction procedures. A thorough understanding of underlying pathology, diagnostic testing, and available treatment options provides for optimal care of the unstable shoulder.

Keywords: ALPSA; Bankart lesion; Glenohumeral instability; Glenoid bone loss; HAGL; Labrum; Military; Shoulder dislocation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthroscopy
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Humans
  • Joint Instability / diagnosis*
  • Joint Instability / surgery*
  • Military Personnel*
  • Postoperative Care
  • Recurrence
  • Risk Factors
  • Shoulder Joint* / surgery