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Labral Tear of the Shoulder in Miami, FL

The Advanced Neuro and Spine Institute specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of orthopedic conditions and diseases such as a labral tear of the shoulder. Our team of experts delivers the latest advances in personalized, comprehensive care to patients in our conveniently located clinics in Aventura, Kendall, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale.

What is a Labral Tear of the Shoulder?

The shoulder joint has three bones: the scapula, or shoulder blade; the clavicle, or collarbone; and the humerus, or upper arm bone. The head of the humerus fits into a shallow socket in the shoulder blade called the glenoid. Because the head of the humerus is usually larger than the socket, the labrum, a rubbery rim of fibrous tissue, surrounds the socket to help strengthen and stabilize the joint. The rim deepens the socket so that the head of the humerus has a better fit. The labrum also serves as an attachment site for several ligaments, and a labral tear usually causes pain and inflammation, as well as decreased range of motion in the shoulder joint.

What are the Causes and Symptoms of Labral Tear of the Shoulder?

A labral tear, best defined as a tear in the labrum, may result from injury, or part of the aging process. Symptoms and treatments vary, depending on the type and severity of the tear.

A tear in the labrum, which surrounds the shoulder socket, can result from repetitive motion, acute trauma or injury, such as:

  • Falling on an outstretched arm.
  • Receiving a direct blow to the shoulder.
  • Forcefully pulling something, typified by attempting to lift a heavy object.
  • Overextending when reaching overhead, typified by trying to stop a fall.

Symptoms of a labral tear in the shoulder are similar to other shoulder injuries, and may include:

  • Pain at night, or when performing activities such as pulling and reaching.
  • Inflammation, redness or swelling in the shoulder.
  • A locking, popping, snapping or grinding sensation in the shoulder.
  • Decreased strength and stability in the shoulder.
  • Decreased range of motion.

How is a Labral Tear of the Shoulder Treated?

Initially, medication and rest may be prescribed to relieve symptoms. Physical therapy, focusing on rehabilitation exercises to strengthen the rotator cuff muscles, is another option. If the injury does not respond to these treatments, or the pain is not relieved by medication, arthroscopic surgery may be prescribed to correct the problem.

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