Labral Tear Treatment from Board-Certified Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Physicians in DeKalb, IL

Labral Tear DeKalb IL

A labral tear is a relatively common injury that affects the ring of cartilage on the outside rim of the shoulder joint (labrum). Designed to stabilize the shoulder, the labrum helps to keep the upper arm bone (humerus) in its proper position. If you are experiencing any type of shoulder pain, you can receive a professional diagnosis and personalized treatment from the orthopaedic experts at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute in DeKalb, Illinois.

The hallmark symptoms of a torn labrum include throbbing pain in the shoulder joint, a “catching” sensation when the shoulder rotates, and recurrent shoulder joint dislocations. With an outstanding staff of board-certified physicians, physical therapists, and other medical professionals in DeKalb, IL, Midwest Orthopaedic Institute offers the latest options in labral tear treatment to address the following types of injuries:

  • SLAP tear (superior labral tear from anterior to posterior) – This type of labral tear develops at the point where the labrum attaches to the biceps tendon. It commonly affects baseball players and other athletes whose sports require repetitive overhead motions.
  • Bankart tear – This injury occurs as a result of shoulder instability, which is often caused by repeated shoulder dislocations (in which the upper arm bone is forced out of the shoulder socket).
  • Posterior labral tear – This type of labral tear often occurs when both the labrum and the rotator cuff are partially torn and pressing against each other.

After confirming a labral tear diagnosis, the shoulder specialists at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute can recommend a customized treatment plan. Because we emphasize conservative measures whenever possible, we usually begin by recommending one or more nonsurgical treatments, such as physical therapy, hyaluronic acid injections, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). In very severe cases, shoulder surgery may be advised to “trim” a torn labrum.

Contact Midwest Orthopaedic Institute to schedule a consultation for labral tear treatment. We proudly serve patients from DeKalb, IL, and the surrounding areas. With a philosophy to treat a patient, rather than just an injury, we are committing to improving our patients’ overall quality of life.