The Sports Docs Podcast: Shoulder Instability

Catherine Logan

March 29th, 2021

Episode 3/4:  @thesportsdocspod

Episodes 3 + 4 focus on shoulder instability with Dr. Mark Price, Orthopaedic Surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital and Head Team Physician for the New England Patriots.

We have 5 great articles which we discuss over two episodes that really contribute well this conversation on how to best manage shoulder instability in athletes both in-season and post-season. 

We’re very honored to have Dr. Mark Price join our discussion today. Dr. Price specializes in sports medicine, knee and shoulder surgery. He is an attending surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Price earned his MD from Harvard Medical School and PhD in Medical Physics from MIT. He completed the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program, where Catherine and I both attended as well, and then went on to complete a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder reconstructive surgery at Mass General. Dr. Price is Head Team Physician and Medical Director for the New England Patriots and a Team Physician for the Boston Red Sox. He is a Captain in the US Navy Reserves and has served in combat operations in Afghanistan, where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service. 

Episode 3
(Part I)
The first paper is from the February issue of AJSM, titled Incidence of Posterior Shoulder Instability in the United States Military. It is a descriptive epidemiology study by Brett Owen and his team which found the incidence is higher than previously reported.

Then, from the January issue of Sports Health, we feature the publication Does Functional Bracing of the Unstable Shoulder Improve Return to Play in Scholastic Athletes? Tokish and colleagues found functional bracing did not result in increased success rates when compared to no bracing in adolescent athletes. 

Episode 4: 
(Part II)
We begin with Dr. Hettrich of Brigham and Women’s Hospital who recently investigated the question “Are there racial differences between patients undergoing surgery for shoulder instability?” We’ll dive further into this topic and chat about how this impacts resident and fellow education. 

We will follow these articles up with a discussion on the surgical management of shoulder instability by reviewing two articles from the March issue of Arthroscopy. The first is a prospective randomized controlled trial titled Arthroscopic Bankart Repair With and Without Curettage of the Glenoid Edge. Desai and his team concluded that curettage of the glenoid edge reduced the incidence of postoperative recurrence of instability likely relating to improved healing of the capsulolabrum repair. Avramidis and colleagues contributed their cases on the management of recurrent anterior shoulder instability by All-Arthroscopic Modified Eden-Hybinette Procedure Using Iliac Crest Autograft and Double-Pair Button Fixation System.