The following describes the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of labral tear. For specific information regarding your health and treatment options, please contact your Hurley physician or medical professional.
What is labral tear?
A labral tear can be a tear in the labrum, or cartilage, that lines the shoulder joints (known as “ball-and-socket” joints). The labrum deepens the joint socket so that the ball stays in place and is attached to surrounding tendons.
What causes labral tear?
Labral tear may have one or more of several causes, including blunt trauma (which can occur when playing football), repetitive overuse (sometimes a result of playing golf or baseball, or when weightlifting) or osteoarthritis .
What are the symptoms of labral tear?
Minor labral tears may never be symptomatic. However, symptoms that may indicate a labral tear include pain, a “catching” or “clicking” feeling when the joint is moved, or stiffness and decreased range of motion.
How is labral tear diagnosed?
Your Hurley physician will conduct a complete physical exam to assess flexibility, stability, range of motion and the level of pain you are experiencing. To pinpoint the location and severity of the injury, an MRI may be ordered.
How is labral tear treated?
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) may be used to minimize pain. Non-surgical options include physical therapy and corticosteroid injections.
Arthroscopic surgery, followed by a period of physical therapy, may be recommended if your symptoms do not subside over time or if torn cartilage fails to heal. Following surgery, you will need to rest and possibly immobilize the joint for a period of time, followed by gentle range-of-motion and flexibility exercises before beginning physical therapy.