Causes of labral tear
Known as labral tears, they are normally caused by falling on an outstretched hand or by trauma contact in sports injuries or accidents. Golfers are prone to labral tears as their club strikes the ground during the golf swing
They can occur as part of natural wear and tear of the aging process.
Symptoms of labral tear
The main symptom is a pop or caching sensation during certain movements followed by an ache that can last several hours. The damage may not cause any pain but may result in the shoulder feeling loose.
Diagnosis of labral tear
A doctor can pinpoint a labral tear from medical history and physical examination. MRI scans can determine the exact site and extent of the tear and its influence on tendons and muscles.
Labral tear treatment
The tears are graded by severity and the point in the labrum which is damaged. A Type I tear, which involves a fraying of the labrum, are normally treated by targeted physiotherapy which restores lost motion and conditions the shoulder anatomy to work more efficiently and allow the tear to heal.
A Type II tear is when the labrum detaches from the bone and an arthroscopy – a minimally invasive surgical procedure on the joint – which allows consultants to place anchors on the bone so the labrum can be stitched back and heal in the correct position. This is generally an outpatient procedure with the patient able to return home on the same day with follow-up physiotherapy appointments to ease the shoulder back to normal function.
To ask a question about a labral tear or to book an appointment, contact our specialist team available Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm. Our shoulder team have a dedicated and caring approach and will seek to find you the earliest appointment possible with the correct specialist for your needs.
If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP. You can simply refer yourself and book an appointment. If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer for authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.
If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.
Call us on 020 7806 4004 or email us at [email protected].