Labral tears of the shoulder involve the cartilaginous lining of the glenoid (socket).
Labral tears of the shoulder involve the cartilaginous lining of the glenoid. The labrum helps stabilize the shoulder and deepens the glenoid. Labral injuries may involve fraying or tears. SLAP tears, superior labral tear from anterior to posterior, are a common type of labral tear. This injury is common in athletes when exerting maximum effort throwing but is also seen in patients who may experience painful catching with overhead activities. Labral tears are usually difficult to diagnose with physical exam alone. An MRA is the best diagnostic test used to evaluate for labral tears. Initial treatment will usually be conservative and involve anti-inflammatory medications and rehabilitation focused on strengthening of the rotator cuff muscles and periscapular stabilization. If conservative measures fail, then the patient may be a candidate for surgery.
As our patient, you will have an in-depth consultation with one of our doctors. We will create an individualized treatment plan together, tailored to your problem and lifestyle. Our doctors prefer non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy and/or injections. If your problem ultimately does require surgery, our doctors prefer the least invasive surgical techniques possible. Our goals are the same as yours: to get you back to living your best life, pain free.