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Labral tear treatment in Burr Ridge

Also serving Plainfield, Morris and surrounding areas

Procedure Arthroscopic, Outpatient
The torn labrum is sutured back into its normal position using the scope.
Duration1.5 hours–2 hours
AnesthesiaGeneral
Recovery 3–5 months
Immediate physical therapy post-surgery
Return to work depends on the type of work
Return to sports is generally 4–6 months

The labrum of the shoulder is a bumper of cartilage that surrounds the socket similar to the bumper around a pool table. This labrum stabilizes the ball into the socket. When torn, it is painful and may cause clicking or popping, as well as deep-seated pain in the shoulder. This may also cause the shoulder to feel loose.

Injury to the labrum generally involves overhand movement whether in the setting of acute injury or repetitive use of the shoulder. Lifting or jerking injuries to the shoulder are also common causes for a torn labrum.  Overhand throwers or hitters such as volleyball, baseball, and softball are among the most susceptible to labral tears, especially SLAP tears in the shoulder.

The most common athletic activities that lead to labral tears are baseball, softball, volleyball, swimming, tennis, and football. The most common work injuries involve repetitive overhead lifting and pulling. They are also commonly caused by falls, or jerking type of injuries at work.

Types of Labral Tear

SLAP

This is an acronym that stands for Superior Labrum Anterior Posterior. Generally, this means that the cartilage bumper around the socket has torn in the upper portion of the socket. This is seen commonly with throwing injuries, lifting injuries, and injuries that cause a downward jerking motion to the shoulder.

Bankart Tear

This is a tear of the bumper of cartilage at the front of the socket and is usually caused by a shoulder joint dislocation or partial dislocation. Patients will have pain and a feeling of instability or looseness to the shoulder. Some patients may even have repeated episodes of a dislocating shoulder.

Labral Tear Treatment & Recovery

Both of the above may initially be treated with physical therapy and many patients will improve with this treatment alone. For patients who do not improve, Arthroscopic Repair of the torn labrum is the preferred method of treatment. This is an outpatient procedure, and recovery and rehabilitation will take 3–5 months.

Schedule an Appointment

Dr. David Burt and Dr. Stephen Treacy are experienced orthopaedic surgeons with offices in Burr Ridge, Plainfield and Morris, Illinois. They specialize in treating shoulder injuries, including labral tears, shoulder dislocations and shoulder separation. for patients from Naperville, Joliet, and throughout the Chicago area. If you are seeking treatment for a shoulder injury, contact one of our offices today to schedule a consultation.

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