Shoulder Labral Tears
The labrum is a ring of cartilage that deepens the shoulder socket (glenoid) and adds stability to the joint.
The shoulder joint is a ball and socket with the head of the humerus (ball) fitting into the cup formed by the labrum and glenoid (socket).
Signs and Symptoms
- Sense of catching or instability of the shoulder
What causes a shoulder labral tear?
- History of shoulder instability
- In sports: weight lifters, football linemen
- Ice, heat, anti-inflammatory or NSAIDs
- Injection therapy and physical therapy
Surgical Treatment: Shoulder Arthroscopy (Labral Repair)
- Reattach the labrum to the glenoid rim with special anchors and sutures
- Repair typically restores stability and resolves catching
- Physical Therapy is an integral component to your recovery from surgery
- -Appropriate timing and progression is key to the outcome
- For further details on your rehabilitation, please see the Physical Therapy section in Patient Resources.