Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. You will likely be referred to a specialist such as an orthopedic surgeon. Treatment options include the following:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Rest, heat, and/or ice
Physical therapy to strengthen muscles
Generally, this treatment is tried for several weeks. If there is no improvement, surgery is considered. The doctor may also inject a steroid directly into the shoulder to decrease inflammation and pain.
In a shoulder
arthroscopy, a surgeon inserts a thin, lighted tube through a small incision to view the injury and fix it. Small instruments are threaded through this tube. The torn ligament/tissue may be removed or sewn together. Wires or tacks may also be used to reattach any torn tendons.
After surgery, a
will need to be worn. When the sling is removed, a physical therapist can help to gradually strengthen the arm muscles and increase motion.
To help reduce your chance of a shoulder labral tear:
Use the proper technique when playing sports.
Avoid putting yourself at risk for trauma to the shoulder area.
Perform stretching and strengthening exercises that target the shoulder area.
Labral Tears. Internet Society of Orthopaedic Surgery & Trauma website. Available at: http://www.orthogate.org/patient-education/shoulder/labral-tears.html. Updated September 4, 2015. Accessed August 24, 2017.
Shoulder Joint Tear (Glenoid Labrum Tear). American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00426. Updated January 2001. Accessed August 24, 2017.
What is a labrum/labral tear? Johns Hopkins Medicine website. Available at: http://www.hopkinsortho.org/labrum_tear.html. Accessed August 24, 2017.
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