Purpose of Review: The purpose of this review is to outline the natural history and best clinical practices for nonoperative management of anterior shoulder instability. Recent Findings: Recent studies continue to demonstrate a role for nonoperative treatment in the successful long-term management of anterior glenohumeral instability. The success of different positions of shoulder immobilization is reviewed as well. Summary: There are specific patients who may be best treated with nonoperative means after anterior glenohumeral instability. There are also patients who are not good nonoperative candidates based on a number of factors that are outlined in this review. There continues to be no definitive literature regarding the return to play of in-season athletes. Successful management requires a thorough understanding of the epidemiology, pathoanatomy, history, physical examination, diagnostic imaging modalities, and natural history of operative and nonoperative treatment.
- Anterior glenohumeral instability
- Anterior shoulder instability
- Natural history
- Nonoperative instability
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine