Your shoulder consists of your collarbone, shoulder blade, and upper arm bone (humerus). The head of the humerus bone that lines your shoulder socket is called the glenoid. The labrum is a soft tissue that covers the socket to help keep your shoulder joint in place.
Any kind of trauma to the shoulder can cause tears in the labrum. One of the most common causes of shoulder injuries is overuse or performing repetitive motions.
You can also damage the shoulder labrum by:
Athletes are often at increased risk for shoulder labrum tears due to repetitive use of their shoulder joint with required movements of their sport.
You may have a torn shoulder labrum if you develop pain or instability in your shoulder, especially when you try to lift your arm overhead. Other common symptoms of a damaged shoulder labrum include:
You might also hear a grinding or popping sound with shoulder movements or feel as though your shoulder joint “locks up” with activity.
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, Dr. Weber may first recommend conservative or minimally invasive treatments to reduce pain and increase your mobility. These treatments may include joint injections, over-the-counter pain relievers, and physical therapy.
If these therapies fail to provide you with relief, Dr. Weber may recommend shoulder arthroscopy to repair your damaged labrum and the surrounding tissue. This type of minimally invasive surgery requires only small incisions to treat the labrum damage.
Dr. Weber is a highly experienced orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist who can work with you on developing a rehabilitation plan that restores full function in your shoulder. He may recommend a variety of at-home exercises to strengthen the muscles that support your shoulder joint.
If you have chronic pain in your shoulder, don’t delay a diagnostic evaluation. Call Alexander E Weber, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.