The labrum is cartilage that lines and supports the shoulder joint, rotator cuff tendons, and muscles. The labrum helps keep the shoulder stable, and when torn and injured, can cause dislocation of the shoulder. Depending on the severity of the tear, the shoulder may be able to repair with only physical therapy. To prevent further damage to the shoulder, you should schedule a consultation with an orthopedic specialist to be evaluated. Southern California Hip Institute (SCHI), led by board certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan, provides treatment of injured labrum to patients in Los Angeles, Century City, Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding locations.
How do I know if my labrum is torn?
Indications of a torn labrum include shoulder pain, instability, or feeling like the shoulder is grinding or locking up during movement. Your symptoms may vary based on the type of tear you may have.
Do I Need Surgery?
Depending on the severity of your injury, it is possible for the labrum to heal with physical therapy. You will need to undergo a physical exam and have an X-ray or MRI to determine how injured the labrum is and the appropriate treatment. For minor dislocations, the shoulder can usually be put back into place and strengthened with physical therapy. More serious injuries may require pain medications, cortisone injections, and a few weeks of physical therapy. If the shoulder does not improve following physical therapy, surgery is recommended.
Older patients that do not engage in much physical activity do not necessarily need to undergo surgery. Surgery is recommended for younger patients that are still active or that engage in sports. Southern California Hip Institute (SCHI), led by board certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan, provides treatment of injured labrum to patients in Los Angeles, Century City, Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding locations.
Contact the Southern California Hip Institute
Dr. Tigran Garabekyan is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip preservation. To learn more about Southern California Hip Institute or to schedule a consultation, click here to contact us or call:
Century City / Los Angeles: 310.595.1030
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