Labral Tear and Repair 2016-10-12T12:39:59+00:00

Labral Tear and Repair

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What is a Labral Tear?

The labrum is a small rim of firm tissue that works with the many moving parts in the shoulder, including the bones, muscles and tendons. The labrum deepens the shoulder socket and helps to stabilize the shoulder joint. A labral tear can cause pain and a catching sensation in the shoulder. Labral tears can be associated with shoulder instability. An exam, x-rays and MRI can help diagnose your labral tear.

Symptoms of Labral Tear

Labral tears are often caused by direct injury, such as falling on an outstretched arm. The symptoms of labral tears vary depending on severity, but have been associated with a sharp pop or catching sensation in the shoulder joint. The shoulder may also feel unstable with certain activities. Other symptoms of labral tears include:

  • Sharp catch
  • Popping sensation
  • Aching pain that can last several hours
  • Shoulder may feel loose
  • Slips with certain movements

Non-Surgical Treatment of Labral Tear

The nonsurgical treatment of labral tears includes:

  • Rest.
  • Ice.
  • Anti-inflammatory medication.
  • Physical therapy.

Dr. Eastwood will follow you through physical therapy rehabilitation to ensure your strength and function have returned.

Surgical Treatment of Labral Tear

The surgical treatment for a labral tear utilizes the minimally-invasive arthroscopic procedure. The surgeon is able to visualize the labrum and surgically reattach it to the bone with anchors.

Arthroscopic surgical techniques are developed and perfected every day. These advanced techniques offer even more effective treatment options for patients in need of surgery. Dr. Eastwood is experienced and fellowship trained in shoulder arthroscopy. 

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