A shoulder labrum tear can cause sharp pain and affect the quality of your life. Dr. Ong will perform a clinical evaluation of the injury and recommend a personalised treatment suited to your needs.Book Appointment
The shoulder labrum is a piece of cartilage located in the shallow socket (glenoid) of your shoulder blade (scapula), which helps to provide protection and stability in the shoulder joints.
A torn shoulder labrum occurs when any area of the labrum that is connected to the glenoid is damaged.
There are different types of shoulder labrum tears, including the following:
The recovery period differs for each person, depending on the severity of the labrum tear and the extent of the surgery.
However, it will generally take about 9 to 12 months to heal completely after surgery. After the day of your surgery, you will likely be advised to wear an arm sling for about 3 to 6 weeks to immobilise the shoulder and avoid further injuries.
Some of the symptoms of shoulder labrum tear may include:
As the labrum cartilage is located deep inside the shoulder joint, a physical examination alone is usually unreliable and insufficient to confirm the diagnosis.
Therefore, a shoulder specialist will perform an MRI scan to have a more detailed view of the shoulder joints to identify the damage. However, as there are different labrum tears, sometimes an MRI scan is not enough to detect certain tears, such as a SLAP tear.
Instead, arthroscopic surgery may be performed, which is a minimally invasive surgery that involves creating small incisions on the shoulder and inserting a tiny fibreoptic scope to examine the shoulder joints.
The treatment options depend on the severity and type of tear. There are generally two types of methods: Non-surgical and surgical treatment.
These methods may include:
In severe labrum tear cases, surgery is recommended. A minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery will be performed to remove the damaged portion of your labrum.
Senior Consultant, MBBS (Singapore), MMed (Ortho), FRCSEd (Ortho)
Dr. Ong Kee Leong is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon. He subspecializes in shoulder and knee, foot and ankle, hand wrist and elbow surgeries, arthroscopic sports surgery, and the management of sports-related injuries.
He has been registered with the Singapore Medical Council as a specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery since 2011.
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