Diagnosis & Treatment for a Shoulder Labral Tear

The Labrum is the attachment site for the shoulder ligaments and supports the ball and socket joint, along with the rotator cuff tendons & muscles. It contributes to the overall shoulder stability and, when torn, can lead to partial or complete shoulder dislocation.

It can experience wear and tear from repetitive strain at work or other activities. A person’s age is also a potential factor when it comes to labral tear shoulder injuries.If this is left untreated for an extended period of time, it can lead to an increase in pain and discomfort.

How is it diagnosed?

A labral tear shoulder injuryis a common condition that often happens when there is repetitive stress on the shoulder. The tear can also occur because of trauma or a fall. This may also lead to a dislocation of the shoulder joint altogether. A popping sensation can be experienced in the initial stages of a labrum tear. This can cause even more intense pain, especially in severe cases. Instability in the joint can also be of concern.

In order to make a proper diagnosis, a physical examination by a qualified healthcare professional would be in order. Some basic tests would include moving the arm and shoulder in different directions to determine any decreased range of motion. However, this alone is not considered to be very conclusive. A far more accurate test is provided with a MRI scan. The extent of the injury can be confirmed by this method. An arthroscopic camera is considered to be the best way to determine the extent of the damage. This device gives an accurate picture when inserted into the shoulder joint through a small incision. A doctor would be able to have a closer look at the joint & the tear. This is often done before surgery.

Treatment options

The severity of the tear will often determine the course of treatment. Although there are other options available surgery is the most effective treatment for this injury. Even if it’s a moderate injury, the proper course of action is usually to have surgery. Some athletes and professionals might need to get back into shape sooner rather than later, and an operation is the best method in order to have a more timely recovery.

One has to keep in mind that this injury will take a long time to heal on its own and it rarely heals in an even manner. You can, however, consider rest as an option. When it comes to arthroscopic surgery, it can help with providing a faster recovery and is less invasive. A more extensive operation will be required if the shoulder is completely dislocated.

You will be required to rest your arm after the labral tear shouldersurgery for one month. A sling will help with this as your arm needs to be properly rested. Pain medications & some physical therapy are often recommended by a doctor. Physiotherapy helps to improve the strength of the shoulder muscles and joints, and can prevent any future damage.

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