Between the Bones Episode 10: Shoulder Dislocation and Instability with Dr. Saltzman

What do a shoulder and a golf ball have in common? Find out on this episode of the Between the Bones Podcast. 

Dr. Bryan Saltzman, an orthopedic surgeon at OrthoCarolina, talks to host Adam Walker about the basics of shoulder dislocations and shoulder instability. Dr. Saltzman and Adam chat about the best steps to take after a shoulder injury, what a chronic dislocator is, and the various treatments available for shoulder dislocations based on the mechanism of injury, your age, and your gender. 


In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The basics of shoulder dislocations and instability
  • How can a shoulder be compared to a golf ball and a tee?
  • What is the labrum? How is it related to shoulder injuries?
  • A patient’s next steps after a shoulder injury
  • The long-term effects of multiple shoulder dislocations
  • The pain level of first-time dislocations
  • The type of treatment plans available… depending on age, gender, and injury mechanism
  • Long-term prognosis of getting back to “normal”

Featured Voices

Bryan Saltman, M.D.

Bryan M. Saltzman is an orthopedic physician specializing in cartilage restoration, knee, shoulder, elbow, and sports medicine at OrthoCarolina.

Click here to schedule an appointment with Dr. Saltzman


A glance at the episode… 

[1:14]: Why a shoulder is inherently unstable

[3:07]: The steps after a shoulder dislocation: x-rays, MRIs, and evaluating the scans

[5:04]: What is different about first-time dislocations compared to second- and third-time dislocations?

[6:10]: How painful a dislocation is for a patient and the steps needed to mitigate the pain

[7:12]: How orthopedic surgeons like Dr. Saltzman use a treatment algorithm to help them guide the next steps for treatment, surgery, and physical therapy

[9:23]: The long-term prognosis for contact-sports athletes who experience a shoulder dislocation trauma – testing, rehabilitation, and physical therapy

[11:57]: The importance of rest and healing in regaining strength and getting back to the patient’s sport of choice


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This information is provided as an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice. If you are seeking specific orthopedic advice or assistance, please consult with your OrthoCarolina physician or locate one in your area through OrthoCarolina’s website at www.OrthoCarolina.com.


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