Orthopedic Treatment For Shoulder Labral Tear

by Administrator 20. November 2014 09:47

An injury to the Labrum of the shoulder is known as Shoulder Labral tear. Labrum is a cartilaginous ring that surrounds the socket (glenoid) of the shoulder joint. It stabilizes the joint and is an attachment site for many ligaments. Often athletes suffer from a Shoulder Labral Tear due to repetitive shoulder motion.


  • Injury to the Labrum from trauma
  • Repeated motion of shoulder
  • A direct blow to shoulder
  • A sudden pull
  • Trying to stop a fall
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Athletes participating in throwing activities or sports
  • Falling on an outstretched arm
  • Repetitive overhead sports players such as volleyball, baseball and basketball players get shoulder injury due to repeated motion of shoulder


  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Sensation of locking, popping, catching or grinding
  • Instability in the shoulder
  • Difficulty in lifting objects
  • Pain during daily activities
  • Loss of strength
  • Reduced range of motion


When the patient visits an orthopedic physician with above stated symptoms, the physician physically examines him and enquires about his medical history. The physician can also perform some physical tests to check pain, stability and range of motion of the shoulder. The doctor may suggest X-ray, MRI, CT scan and other imaging tests to confirm the extent of the injury and access the situation.


To relieve pain and inflammation, the orthopedic physician can prescribe anti-inflammatory medicines and rest. The patient greatly benefits from rehabilitation exercises which help in strengthening the rotator cuff muscles. The patient is treated non-surgically; however, if the non-invasive methods do not work, then surgery is kept as the last option. To treat the Shoulder Labral Tear, Arthroscopic surgery is performed in which the surgeon operates according to the condition of the Labral.

Rehabilitation after the surgery can take a month or more. Once the pain and swelling subsides, the physician recommends physiotherapy, which helps a patient recover quickly. The doctor designs a therapy program for the patient while considering his needs. During the rehabilitation period, the patient needs to keep the shoulder in a sling. Once the sling is removed, the patient is suggested do some flexibility exercises to regain the muscle strength and flexibility. The athletes should make sure their shoulder is completely healed before resuming sports activity.

For complete treatment of Shoulder Labral Tear, visit Dr. Fagelman. To schdeule an appointment with the orthopedic surgon in Carrollton, call at (972) 492-1334.

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