Shoulder Labrum Tear

What is a Shoulder Labrum Tear and how is it treated?

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What is a Shoulder Labrum Tear?

The shoulder is a ball and socket joint composed of the head of the humerus (arm bone) and glenoid cavity of the scapula (shoulder blade). The labrum is a soft tissue ring around the shoulder joint that helps hold the humerus in the glenoid cavity.

In some cases, the labrum can become torn as the result of repetitive wear and tear of the tissue.  In other instances, a labrum tear is caused by a partial or complete dislocation of the shoulder.  These injuries are especially common in athletes, weightlifters and those whose jobs require repetitive overhead lifting or swinging.

Symptoms of shoulder labrum tears can include:

  • Pain when raising the arm overhead
  • A dull or aching pain in the shoulder
  • Popping or clicking in the shoulder
  • A grinding feeling in the shoulder
  • Shoulder weakness

The Fellowship Trained and Board Certified Shoulder Specialists at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates are experts in thoroughly evaluating, accurately diagnosing, and effectively treating shoulder labrum tears.


How is it treated?

The treatment options for shoulder labrum tears is often based on the severity of the tear as well as the severity of the symptoms.

Some shoulder labrum tears may be treated using nonsurgical treatment options. These can include:

  • Pain and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy is used to stabilize the shoulder joint by strengthening shoulder muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
  • Injections may be used to help patients participate in physical therapy and decrease pain.

Shoulder labrum tears that do not respond to nonsurgical treatment or cause frequently shoulder dislocations may require surgical intervention. The Fellowship Trained and Board Certified Shoulder Specialists at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates perform a variety of arthroscopic shoulder procedures to repair labrum tears.  At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates our goal is to create a treatment plan tailored to you so that you can return to an active and healthy lifestyle!

Should I Make An Appointment?

Patients who are experiencing shoulder pain should not delay a diagnosis. Effective treatment solutions are readily available when patients make an appointment with one of our Fellowship Trained and Board Certified Shoulder Specialists:

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Dr. Gregory D. Byrd

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Dr. Bradley C. Christ

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Dr. Dominic Femiano

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Dr. Tracy Hamblin

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Dr. Thomas Helpenstell

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Dr. R. Trent McKay

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Dr. Ryan E. Will

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Dr. Williams Peterson

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Dr. Jerome Zechmann

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Dr. P. Brodie Wood

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Countless patients have seen their shoulder pain reduced or eliminated shortly after they receive their treatment plan. Patients may request an appointment online or call our office.

Recent Patient Testimonials

“Dr. McKay performed a repair to my right shoulder to include my rotator cuff, removed built-up arthritis and bone spurs. I now have no pain and consider the repairs to my shoulder to be a 100% recovery.  Dr. McKay is a miracle worker, because he was not sure he could repair it all, but he did and I would recommend him to anyone!!!”
Connie T.

Treated by: R. Trent McKay, MD

“My experience with Dr. Peterson with a knee and shoulder surgeries have been very pleasant and what I consider as very well done. He is very pleasant and knowledgeable with explaining what will be done with the surgeries. Very pleased with everyone at the clinic.”
Reba M.

Treated by: William Peterson, MD

I was extremely nervous because I was afraid I had hurt myself to the point of needing surgery. Dr. Helpenstell was very pleasant and made me feel at ease from the second we met. I was no longer scared and really felt that he cared about me personally. Not just some anonymous person. I would recommend anyone to go see Dr Helpenstell.”
Cindy B.

Treated by: Thomas Helpenstell, MD


Are You Ready To Take The Next Steps?

We encourage you to contact our care coordinators or make an appointment with one of our Board-Certified & Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Specialists at Olympia Orthopaedics.

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