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Shoulder Labral Tear Causes, Symptoms, & Treatments

A shoulder labral tear can be severely painful and can restrict shoulder mobility. The shoulder labrum is a thick band of cartilage or tissue that cushions and stabilizes the upper arm. NYC orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Jacob Rozbruch, performs nonsurgical and surgical procedures that can treat labral tears of the shoulder to help you regain your shoulder’s functionality.

What Is A Shoulder Labral Tear?

The shoulder labrum consists of soft tissues and cartilage that lines the glenoid (shoulder socket) and humerus bone. Due to the delicacy of the labrum tissues, it can become caught between the humerus and the glenoid, leading to damaged tissues or a torn labrum.

Shoulder labral tears often occur from repetitive motion, direct impact to the shoulder, falling in an outstretched motion, heaving lifting, or athletic injuries.

What Are The Signs & Symptoms Of Shoulder Labral Tears?

Shoulder labral tears are commonly accompanied with severe pain and shoulder instability. You may also notice a locking or grinding sensation, loss of strength, and restricted arm movement. Some patients have reported to experience a dull aching or pain after an injury made to the shoulder labrum. If you feel that your shoulder feels loose or slips forward during activity or movement, it may also indicate the labrum has torn.

How Can Labrum Tears To The Shoulder Be Treated?

Nonsurgical and surgical treatments are available for shoulder labral tears. Nonsurgical treatments, such as anti-inflammatories and Cortisone injections can reduce inflammation and ease away discomfort. Physical therapy can also help alleviate discomfort of a shoulder labrum injury; particularly, it can help rebuild strength and stability in your shoulder.

Surgical treatments for shoulder labral tears may be necessary if nonsurgical treatments prove to be ineffective. Surgical treatments include the following:

Dr. Jacob Rozbruch and our staff welcome any questions you may have regarding shoulder labrum tears. Contact our office at 212-744-9857, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!


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