Your shoulder is one of your body’s largest and most complex joints. It plays a key role in making upper body movement possible. Its joint is formed where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into the scapula (shoulder blade), like a ball and socket. If shoulder pain is slowing you down, you’ll want to see an orthopedic surgeon to find out if you have a tear in your labrum, the cuff of cartilage that covers the top of the humerus.
When you need an orthopedic practice that provides the peak standard of personalized care, look no further than the office of New York Orthopedic Specialists. We offer an extensive array of high-quality services for people of all ages. We’re skilled at the diagnosis and treatment of labral tear injuries.
The labrum is one of the shoulder’s most important components. It’s a piece of rubbery tissue attached to the rim of the shoulder socket that helps keep the ball of the joint in place. When this cartilage is torn, it can be painful and immobilizing.
Wear and tear from repetitive motions of the upper arm and the aging process can contribute to labral tears. Traumatic injuries are particularly notorious causes. For instance, a fall on an outstretched arm, a direct hit to the shoulder or a sudden tug on the arm can be damaging. You’ll sense its effects immediately. You’ll feel your shoulder joint locking, popping or grinding—all of which severely hamper your ability to move your arm.
You’ll also experience instability in your shoulder, less range of motion and weakened strength. Pain while doing everyday activities and again at night is also common.
Labral tears are often treated with rest, over-the-counter medications and physical therapy. In more severe cases, the condition may require minimally invasive surgery in which an orthopedic surgeon removes the affected part of the labrum and damaged cartilage that are preventing the motion of the joint. After the surgery, you’ll wear a sling for a while to immobilize your shoulder; a physical therapy program may also be needed to regain strength and range of movement.
The office of New York Orthopedic Specialists is committed to the health and strength of your bones and joints.We provide superior and compassionate orthopedic care. For more information about our office and many services, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.
By Scott Haig
October 27, 2022