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Study Details How to Improve RTS Rates in Young Athletes with Shoulder Instability

AAOS Now covers a recent study presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine 2018 Annual Meeting by Frank A. Cordasco, MD, MS, sports medicine surgeon at HSS

By evaluating two year clinical outcomes, the study authors found that reserving arthroscopic shoulder stabilization for athletes with three or fewer episodes of preoperative instability can improve outcomes for athletes under 22 years of age.

"Our study highlights the importance for young athletes with shoulder instability to have a thorough preoperative evaluation to determine the number of instability events, obtain appropriate advanced imaging when significant bone loss is suspected, and be treated with advanced arthroscopic techniques, including a posteroinferior capsulolabral repair, when indicated," said Dr. Cordasco. "Each preoperative instability episode can result in greater degrees of bone loss, which result in higher failure rates following arthroscopic shoulder stabilization."

Read the full article at AAOS.org.