Labral tears are common in athletes and active patients. The labrum is a rim of cartilage that surrounds the glenoid (shoulder socket) and serves as a site for attachment of the ligaments of the shoulder aiding in shoulder stability. Labral tears can occur in any portion of the labrum. The treatment for most labral tears is nonoperative, involving anti-inflammatory medications (advil, alieve, etc) or cortisone injections in conjunction with a course of physical therapy. About 80% of patients will get better with this treatment. Those patients who continue to have symptoms after an appropriate nonoperative course may be candidates for surgery. Dr. Walker will discuss your options with you.
Laberal Tear MRI