Shoulder Labrum Tear
Everything you need to know about your shoulder procedure
What is the Shoulder Labrum?
The labrum or glenoid labrum is the cartilage surrounding the socket of the shoulder, otherwise known as the glenoid. The labrum lies along the glenoid’s perimeter, much like the bumper on a bumper car. The labrum provides stability to the shoulder and also serves superiorly as the attachment of the biceps tendon.
The labrum can be found in the shoulder and hip sockets. It aids in the smooth and painless movement of the hip and shoulder. The labrum in the shoulder is called the glenoid labrum, while the labrum in the hip is known as the acetabular labrum and should not be confused with the labrum in the shoulder.
When a shoulder dislocates, the anterior labrum typically tears. If the shoulder experiences repetitive overhead use such in throwing athletes or volleyball players, a superior labral (SLAP) tear can occur. If the labrum tears, it can lead to feelings of instability or pain.
Safe and Effective Shoulder Labrum Tear Surgery In Chicago
Living with shoulder pain can be agonizing. Having to carry out daily activities with pain, weakness, and instability in the shoulder is a daunting task. But that pain doesn’t have to be permanent. Consult with Dr. Drake to see if you are a good candidate for shoulder labrum tear surgery.
Athletes who compete in sports that involve the frequent use of their shoulders can be prone to shoulder labral tears. If a labrum tear is left untreated, it can cause chronic pain and, in worse cases, lead to a locking of the shoulder and feelings of instability, which can cause intense pain when you move your shoulder.
One of the reasons patients shy away from getting surgery is because they don’t know the success rate or they need a trustworthy doctor.
Dr. Gregory Drake is an expert orthopedic shoulder specialist in Chicago. He performs hundreds of shoulder surgeries each year and many include treating SLAP tears and anterior labral repairs following dislocations.
If you have a known SLAP tear, Bankart tear or have feelings of instability in your shoulder, come visit Level Up Shoulder and Dr. Drake can guide you through the anatomy, and the treatment to put you on the right course for improvement. If you or someone you know have had an injury involving the glenoid labrum, and are seeking treatment near Chicago or Chicagoland area, contact Dr. Gregory Drake today!