Labral Repair Performed by Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeons in Freehold, NJ
The surgical repair of a labral tear may be recommended to address shoulder pain, weakness, instability, or loss of motion. The labrum is a cuff of rubbery fibrocartilage on the rim of the shoulder socket (glenoid) that holds the bones of this highly mobile joint firmly in place. Because the labrum has a rich blood supply, these injuries sometimes heal on their own. For individuals in the Freehold, NJ, area who have symptoms of a persistent labral tear, however, the board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons at New Jersey Sports Medicine can provide personalized advice and guidance.
The need for a glenoid labral repair can result from:
- A fall onto an outstretched hand
- A direct blow to an arm
- Heavy lifting
- Repetitive shoulder movement (such as a baseball pitch or tennis serve)
- Age-related degeneration
One common type of shoulder injury that may require a labral repair is a tear that extends from the front to the back of the labrum. This painful injury, which is called a SLAP (superior labral anterior to posterior) tear, affects the attachment of the biceps tendon to the glenoid. In severe cases, a SLAP tear can cause the biceps tendon to rupture.
Prior to recommending a labral repair, a surgeon at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold will determine whether or not the injury is related to shoulder instability. A shoulder arthroscopy may be sufficient to address a torn labrum that is not associated with instability. However, effective treatment of a labral tear in an unstable shoulder will also likely involve surgical joint stabilization.
Following labral repair surgery, physical therapy can often begin immediately to help a patient regain strength and range of motion. Usually, the rehabilitation process also focuses on addressing any factors that may have contributed to the labral injury, such as improper throwing mechanics.
To learn more about labral repair and other treatment options for shoulder injuries, contact the orthopedic experts at New Jersey Sports Medicine to schedule an appointment at our office in Freehold, NJ.