Recurrent anterior instability of the glenohumeral joint is a common problem in orthopaedic practice. Glenoid bone loss, either acute or chronic, has been shown to increase the risk of ongoing instability. Diagnostic imaging with magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography provides the best visualization of the glenoid and allows for the quantification of glenoid bone loss, which aids in treatment planning. Careful selection of surgical treatment options for these patients will help to optimize surgical outcomes, improve patient satisfaction, and provide a functional and stable shoulder.
1Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska