Injuries to the shoulder joint are most often caused by traumatic injury.

INJURY
Glenoid Labrum Tear

ALSO KNOWN AS
Shoulder Joint Tear or Should Socket Tear

ABOUT
The shoulder joint has three bones – scapula (shoulder blade), the clavicle (collarbone) and the humerus (upper arm bone). The shallow socket that the head of the upper arm bone rests in is the glenoid. Because the head of the upper arm bone is typically much larger than the socket, a soft tissue rim called the labrum, surrounds the socket to stabilize the joint.

COMMON INJURY
Injuries to the shoulder joint are most often caused by traumatic injury such as falling on an outstretched arm, a direct blow to the shoulder, a sudden pull or a harsh overhead reach. In addition, throwing athletes and weightlifters can experience the tears through repetitive shoulder motions.

DIAGNOSIS
Very similar to other shoulder injuries, your SMGOA physician will evaluate your pain level, physical history and discuss the instance when the pain began. Tears can be located either above or below the middle of the glenoid socket.

NON SURGICAL TREATMENT
Non surgical treatments of rest and anti-inflammatory medications are used until a surgical treatment and further diagnosis can be determined.

SURGICAL TREATMENT
During arthroscopic surgery, the rim and biceps tendon are examined. The surgeon will remove the torn flap when the injury is confined to the rim itself. The tendon will be repaired and reattached if the tear extends to the bicep tendon or the tendon is detached.

Understand Trimming of a Torn Labrum