Conservative & Surgical Labrum Tear Treatment Options for Residents of Lafayette, LA & Surrounding Communities
The labrum is a cartilage structure that surrounds the shoulder joint socket (glenoid). This flexible tissue provides stability to the shoulder and serves as an attachment point for the biceps tendon. A labrum tear can result from repetitive overhead arm motion, a direct blow to the shoulder, or a fall onto an outstretched hand. The third type of injury, which can cause the biceps tendon to aggressively pull on its attachment site, is more specifically known as a SLAP (superior labral from anterior to posterior) tear.
What does a labrum tear feel like and what can be done about it?
A labrum tear usually produces pain across the top of the shoulder. The pain may be accompanied by a “popping,” “clunking,” or “catching” sensation, which can occur as the loose ends of the torn labrum flip or roll within the shoulder joint during movement.
If you think you may have a labrum tear, Peter D. Vizzi, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who practices in Lafayette, Louisiana, can evaluate your injury and guide you through your treatment options. Depending on the extent of the damage and the resulting symptoms, Dr. Vizzi can help you choose an appropriate conservative or surgical plan.
Conservative therapies for a labrum tear
Many patients begin with nonsurgical treatment for a labrum tear. Some potentially effective remedies include:
- Rest and activity modifications – Throwing and overhead arm motions can aggravate a labrum tear and therefore are best avoided during the healing process.
- Medications – Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen can reduce painful swelling in the shoulder.
- Physical therapy – Strengthening exercises that target the biceps and rotator cuff muscles can be performed with light weights within a pain-free range of motion.
Surgical treatment for a labrum tear
Dr. Vizzi may discuss surgical repair for a labrum tear that does not improve after several weeks of conservative therapy. If you decide to move forward with surgery, you can feel confident entrusting your care to Dr. Vizzi, who is experienced in performing arthroscopy and other advanced surgical techniques to address shoulder injuries.
If you’d like to discuss your treatment options for a labrum tear with Dr. Vizzi, contact his office in Lafayette, LA, to set up a consultation.