Recent studies have confirmed that acute traumatic anterior shoulder dislocations in a young age group is highly associated with increased risks for recurrent instability. In studies at the United States Military Academy (West Point, NY), this recurrence rate has shown to be approximately 90%.1 In this population, acute or subacute arthroscopic stabilization should be considered.
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