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Abrutyn, David A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 215 Union Avenue, Suite B, Bridgewater
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren

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Black, Eric M., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
574 Springfield Avenue, Westfield
Boretz, Robert S., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 215 Union Avenue, Suite B, Bridgewater
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren
Bullek, David D., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 574 Springfield Avenue, Westfield

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Cappadona, Joseph, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 61 Beaverbrook Road, Lincoln Park

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Garberina, Matthew J., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 1 Diamond Hill Road, Berkeley Heights
Garcia, Jason P., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 741 Northfield Avenue, West Orange

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Ibarbia, Jose D., MD Physiatry 6 Brighton Road, Clifton

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Kanellakos, James G., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph
Kavanagh, Mark L., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 6 Brighton Road, Clifton
61 Beaverbrook Road, Lincoln Park
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren
Kocaj, Stephen, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park

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Niver, Genghis E., MD Hand Surgery 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
Nordstrom, Thomas J., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 215 Union Avenue, Suite B, Bridgewater

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Rao, Rajesh, MD Physiatry 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren
574 Springfield Avenue, Westfield
Rizio, Louis, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 75 E. Northfield Road, Livingston
Rombough, Gary R., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 33 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair
Rosa, Richard A., MD, FACS Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 741 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
Rubman, Marc H., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph

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Shindle, Michael, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
Siegel, Jeffrey A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph

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Terry, Alon, MD Physiatry 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
Thrower, Albert B., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 574 Springfield Avenue, Westfield

key facts about labral tear of the shoulder

  • Click to enlarge Labral tear of the shoulder can occur when dislocating your shoulder, falling onto your arm, or using your arm to break a fall.​ It can also be caused by a forced movement of your arm or shoulder such as lifting a heavy object or use of your shoulder in sports with a repetitive, high speed overhead movement, such as throwing a ball or serving in tennis.
  • You may experience arm and shoulder pain or weakness, painful overhead movements of the shoulder, and a clicking or grinding sound or sensation when the shoulder is in motion.
  • The pain can periodically go away but then come back with certain movements of the shoulder. Symptoms may last until the torn labrum is fixed with surgery.

​what is labral tear of the shoulder?

The labrum is a lip of connective tissue around the socket. When the labrum is injured, it is called a labral tear. 

how is labral tear of the shoulder diagnosed and treated?

A Summit Medical Group shoulder specialist will examine the shoulder and joints to make an initial assessment. Your healthcare team will check your shoulder for pain, tenderness, loss of motion, or joint looseness as you move your arm in all directions. Typically, they will ask you if your shoulder pain began suddenly or gradually. Your care team may recommend a combination of X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs to determine the exact extent of the damage.  The MRI may be done with an arthrogram. In an arthrogram, a special dye is injected into the shoulder to provide a better look at the labrum and other shoulder structures. Our Orthopedics and Sports Medicine center offers all of these services under one roof. We are able to respond to urgent needs during our Sports Injury Hours or at our Urgent Care Centers.

To treat this condition:

  • Put an ice pack, gel pack, or package of frozen vegetables, wrapped in a cloth on the area every 3 to 4 hours, for up to 20 minutes at a time.
  • Take an anti-inflammatory medicine such as ibuprofen, or other medicine as directed by your provider. Read the label and take as directed. Unless recommended by your healthcare team, do not take for more than 10 days.
  • If you have a small labral tear you may choose to avoid activities that cause shoulder pain rather than have surgery.
  • Large labral tears usually need to be fixed in surgery. The tear in the labrum may be repaired or the torn parts trimmed away. Any scar tissue may be removed. If you have torn shoulder ligaments, they may be reattached. 
  • Follow your care team's instructions for doing exercises to help you recover.

Everyone recovers from an injury at a different rate. Return to your activities depends on how soon your shoulder recovers, not by how many days or weeks it has been since your injury has occurred. In general, the longer you have symptoms before you start treatment, the longer it will take to get better. The goal is to return to your normal activities as soon as is safely possible. If you return too soon you may worsen your injury.

Source: Content is adapted from our Live Well Library, developed by RelayHealth. Copyright ©2014 McKesson Corporation and/or one of its subsidiaries. All rights reserved.

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