Two of the most common injuries involve your labrum and your rotator cuff.
At Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow, located in Atlanta and Marietta, GA, we specialize in treating shoulder injuries, including labrum tears and rotator cuff injuries. Contact our specialists today, as our goal is to provide high-quality care to everyone. First, though, let’s answer some of the questions that may be on your mind.
Your labrum is a protective cuff-shaped rim of cartilage that reinforces the ball-and-socket joint within your shoulder. Your labrum also supports the muscles and tendons found in your rotator cuff. In doing so, it allows you to have a full range of motion and provides stability and cushioning for your shoulder.
Your rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles that work together to support and anchor your shoulder joint in place while allowing you to move your arm and shoulder.
Injury and overuse from repetitive motions are two leading causes of labrum tearing. This tearing can result in pain and “catching” of your joint while you move.
Having a degenerative condition such as osteoarthritis can make you more susceptible to having a labrum tear. Additionally, athletes who participate in sports involving repetitive shoulder movement are also at a higher risk for labrum tears. Some of these sports include:
Progressive overuse or a blunt injury can cause the muscles and tendons in your rotator cuff to tear, resulting in weakness, inflammation, and pain.
Many things can contribute to damaging your rotator cuff. Some of these risk factors include:
While both injuries can cause shoulder pain, they have different signs and symptoms that you may want to take note of. These signs and symptoms can be found below.
Rotator Cuff Injury Signs and Symptoms:
Labrum Tear Signs and Symptoms:
First, your specialist will review your medical history and complete a full physical exam. An x-ray or MRI may be required. These images will ensure that an accurate diagnosis is made and that an individualized treatment plan can be created for you.
While treatment options will vary depending on the severity of your symptoms, non-invasive treatment options are available. We strive to ensure that your treatment is as minimally-invasive as possible before recommending surgery.
Non-invasive treatment options for rotator cuff and labral injuries include the following:
If your injury does not respond to noninvasive treatment or is badly damaged, your specialist may recommend arthroscopic surgery.
Whether you are experiencing pain from a rotator cuff injury or a labrum tear, both require treatment. Our specialists at Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow can assist you. To make an appointment with one of our offices in Atlanta and Marietta, GA, or if you would like more information, be sure to contact us today.