The shoulder and hip are ball-and-socket joints that have a special ring of connective tissue called the labrum. The labrum helps the ball move freely within the socket and holds it there, preventing dislocations.
A sharp pain in your shoulder or hip that does not resolve could be from a labral tear.
In the shoulder, labral tears present with:
In the hip, labral tears present with:
Labral tears can occur due to the following reasons:
The Interventional Pain Doctors team of orthopedic and pain management specialists can diagnose labral tears during a comprehensive history and physical examination. In addition, we may also request diagnostic tests such as an MRI or X-rays.
If you have pain in your shoulder, you may have a torn labrum. That's the thick band of tissue that goes around your shoulder socket. It helps make the socket deeper. It cushions the bone of your upper arm and keeps it from slipping.
The Interventional Pain Doctors team of orthopedic and pain management specialists will develop a personalized treatment plan based on the severity of symptoms. This may first include a recommendation for physical therapy and anti-inflammatories. If conservative measures do not provide relief, our team of experts specialize in regenerative medicine techniques for healing damaged labrums and may recommend PRP (platelet rich plasma) or stem cell injections. If non-surgical treatments fail, we may recommend a minimally invasive surgery called an arthroscopy. During this surgery, cameras are used to visualize the damaged labrum while small instruments are placed into the joint to repair or remove the damaged part of the labrum.
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