Shoulder pain that worsens when you lift your arm over your head may be a sign of a labral tear. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Aron D. Rovner, MD, specializes in minimally invasive arthroscopic labral repair at two New York Spine and Sports Surgery locations in Garden City, New York, and Fair Lawn, New Jersey. If you think you have a labral tear, call your nearest office or schedule an appointment online today.
The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint where the head of your upper arm bone (humerus) attaches to a shallow groove in your shoulder blade called the glenoid. A ring of rubbery cartilage called the labrum surrounds this socket to keep your humeral head in place. When this tissue becomes torn, you have a labral tear.
You also have a labrum in your hip because it’s a ball-and-socket joint as well. The hip labrum is less likely to tear than your shoulder labrum.
Labral tears can develop gradually as a result of repetitive motions, like throwing a baseball. Your labrum can also tear suddenly after a traumatic injury, especially one that dislocates your shoulder. Falling on an outstretched arm or receiving a direct blow to the shoulder are two examples of injuries that may cause a labral tear.
Shoulder pain is the most common symptom of a labral tear. Pain may increase when you lift your arm above your head. You may also feel a grinding, catching, popping, or locking sensation in your shoulder as well as weakness and a decreased range of motion.
Dr. Rovner is a conservative surgeon who always tries every available nonsurgical treatment before considering surgery. Nonsurgical treatments for labral tears include:
If your shoulder pain and symptoms continue despite treatment, surgery may be necessary. Dr. Rovner uses advanced technology to perform minimally invasive techniques, such as arthroscopic labral repair.
Arthroscopic surgery uses a pencil-thin, flexible instrument (arthroscope) that has a light and a camera lens at the end. He inserts the arthroscope into a very small incision that’s less than ¼ of an inch long.
The camera transmits magnified, high-definition images of the inside of your joint onto a computer screen so Dr. Rovner can easily treat problems without making a large incision. He inserts miniature surgical instruments through the arthroscope to remove or repair the damaged tissue.
For advanced expertise in minimally invasive labral repair, call New York Spine and Sports Surgery or book an appointment online today.