Torn Labrum (Shoulder Socket Injuries)

Information About Torn Labrum (Shoulder Socket Injuries)

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Shoulder Injury AccidentsThe shoulder joint socket is very shallow and therefore unstable. The glenoid is the part of the shoulder blade (scapula) that makes up the socket. The labrum (glenoid labrum) is a layer of tissue/cartilage that lines the shoulder socket. The labrum in effect turns the shallow socket into a deeper socket. This gives the ball, or the head of the humerus bones (humeral head), more room to fit into the socket. The labrum stabilizes the ball-and-socket shoulder joint by keeping the ball (humeral head) in the socket (scapula).

The symptoms of a tear in the labrum/shoulder socket are similar to the symptoms found in many of the other major shoulder related injuries.

  • Pain with performing overhead activities;
  • locking or popping sound or sensation;
  • Nighttime pain and inability to sleep on shoulder;
  • A feeling of instability in the shoulder;
  • A decrease in range of motion;
  • Decreased strength.

These injuries are usually diagnosed by clinical observations and physical exams performed in a physician’s office. The physician will take a medical history to see a if specific incident can be traced to the injury. How the the injured occur is very telling. The physician will perform several tested determine mobility, stability and what motions cause pain.

X-rays are used for diagnosing irregularities in bones. X-rays are not the appropriate test for diagnosing glenoid labral tears. That is because the glenoid labrum is composed of soft tissue and not bone. A Computer tomography scan (CT scan) and magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI) are best for diagnosing a torn glenoid labrum tear. However, these test are not completely reliable. As a result, a physician will consider both clinical observations and CT/MRI scan results together when forming a diagnosis. A true and accurate diagnosis will be made during arthroscopic surgery.

Treatment For A Torn Labrum

There are several courses of treatment all of which rely on the severity and type of labral tear. If the symptoms and pain are not too serious a physician could first prescribe anti-inflammatories and rest. Physical therapy might be ordered in an attempt to strengthen the muscles surrounding the labrum. This reduces the tension and stress on the labrum giving it time to heal. Arthroscopic surgery is a last resort and will usually only be consider if other conservative treatment options fail.

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The following are other common shoulder injuries and conditions that can occur as a result of an accident.  Our attorneys can assist you in pursuing an accident claim for any of the following shoulder related injuries:

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