Shoulder pain from conditions like labrum tears can put you on the long-term injured list for work or play. Shoulder specialists at Franciscan Health provide advanced surgery and treatment options to get you back toward active status.
The labrum is a rim of fibrous tissue that resembles a rubber O-ring. The glenoid labrum surrounds the shoulder socket that helps keep the arm in place. Tears usually happen in the upper or lower part of the shoulder socket. There are two common types:
Tears in the labrum can result from sudden injury or repetitive motion such as:
Symptoms of labrum injury include:
Although minor labrum tears don't heal, you can manage them with treatments that include:
Depending on your type of injury and condition, you may have open or arthroscopic labrum tear surgery for a SLAP repair.
During arthroscopic labarum surgery, your surgeon inserts the arthroscope and tiny surgical tools through small incisions to perform surgery. Arthroscopy typically results in reduced pain and faster recovery than open surgery.
Depending on your condition, recovery from labrum tear surgery can take up to six months. Your shoulder may be in a sling for up to six weeks after surgery. Athletes may begin sport-related exercises three to four months after surgery. After that, you may have physical therapy or occupational therapy to help you regain strength and restore range of motion.