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 given the shoulder stability and deepens the glenoid. Labral injuries may involve fraying or tears. SLAP tear, superior labral tear from anterior to posterior, is a commonly seen 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.
Every patient receives an in-depth consultation to devise a treatment plan that is right for their problem. Our specialists prefer non-operative and non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy, medications, and/or injections. When we require surgery, we will then use minimally invasive surgical techniques to fix your problem, whether it is fixing a broken bone or repairing a tendon. Our goal is always to get you back to living your life normally as soon as possible.