A labral tear, or torn labrum, is an injury to the band of cartilage in the shoulder that helps to hold the humerus in place. However, since the shoulder joint is very shallow, the labrum is highly susceptible to injury. The labrum helps to stabilize the shoulder, so trauma to this cartilage can also increase the risk of shoulder dislocation. If you have sustained a labral tear or are experiencing any type of shoulder pain and require a professional diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan, turn to the orthopaedic experts at Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group.
Our exceptional staff of Board-certified doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and medical assistants has experience providing labral tear treatment in Tampa for the following injuries:
- SLAP tears – common in athletes like baseball players who do a lot of overhead throwing; this type of tear occurs where the shoulder and the biceps tendon meet
- Bankart tears – a labral tear that is a result of the shoulder dislocating, which means it comes completely out of the joint
- Posterior labral tears – often occurs when both the labrum and the rotator cuff are partially torn and are pressing into each other
If you are experiencing throbbing or aching in the shoulder joint, a sudden “catching” when you try to rotate your shoulder, shoulder instability, shoulder pain, or persistent dislocations or subluxations, you may have a labral tear. Our Tampa sports medicine clinic can confirm this diagnosis and formulate a customized shoulder pain treatment plan that may include non-surgical treatments like physical therapy, hyaluronic acid injections, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, among others. In severe cases, shoulder surgery or “trimming” for a labral tear and/or rotator cuff tear may be necessary.
Contact Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group today to schedule a consultation for labral tear treatment. We proudly serve patients throughout Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Brandon, Lutz, Oldsmar, and the surrounding areas.