About Labrum Tears
The labrum is a soft fibrous tissue rim surrounding the shoulder socket that helps stabilize the joint. In addition, it serves as an attachment site for several ligaments. Injuries to the tissue rim, surrounding the shoulder socket, can occur from acute trauma such as a fall or repetitive shoulder motion. The symptoms of a tear in the shoulder socket rim are very similar to those of other shoulder injuries and can include pain, a sense of instability and decreased range of motion.
Tears can be located either above or below the middle of the shoulder socket. Nonsurgical treatment options include anti-inflammatory medication and rest to relieve symptoms. If these conservative measures are insufficient, arthroscopic surgery may be recommended.
Arthroscopy is a procedure that orthopedic surgeons use to inspect, diagnose, and repair problems inside a joint, such as shoulder instability. During shoulder arthroscopy, the surgeon inserts a small camera, called an arthroscope, into the shoulder joint. The camera displays…Read More »