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Can A Torn Shoulder Labrum Heal Itself With Rest
Yes: Not all labral injuries are the same. Acute or recent injuries protected appropriately from reinjury have a better chance to heal than chronic or older injuries. Most are treated with an initial course of rest then physical therapy. Only the persistent, symptomatic labral tears may warrant surgical intervention eventually. The final decision is best made between you and your surgeon. ...Read more
I have had a torn labrum and rotator cuff in my left shoulder for over a year now, will it heal on its own? My dr refuses to give me a referral
It will not heal: A labral tear and a rotator cuff tear will not heal on their own. Sometimes, though, even though something (like an mri) says there is a tear, it may not be the full source of the pain. I would recommend an evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon. If you cannot get a referral call some offices and see what an evaluation would cost. You may want to do it that way. ...Read more
No: The labrum is a structure that helps stabilize your shoulder joint as it attaches to the capsule and socket. Once torn, the fluid in your joint acts to prevent it from sticking back and the consensus is that they don't heal. The reasons to fix them are if it is associated w instability or if you have pain w/ +/- catching or mechanical symptoms. The tissue has poor blood supply. ...Read more
Need more info: If you did not have surgery then the labrum is still torn. This does not necessarily mean that you have to have surgery. Labral tears vary in size, location and associated symptoms. Often degenerative tears are treated conservatively, without surgery, and patients do quite well. Your orthopedist/ sports medicine physician can help you make this assessment. If you had surgery your doc will tell you. ...Read more
Pain and nausea: Severe pain has been associated with nausea at times, but localized shoulder pain typically does not do this. If you are aware of a labral tear, do you have a plan of treatment to repair this damage. One way to determine the association is to treat the pain and see if nausea resolves. ...Read more
Many Possibilities: Prolotherapy typically by itself will cause ligaments to tighten up, usually due to scarring or fibrosis of the ligaments. However now prolotherapy is used to introduce new blood supply to the area and then many times following it with the prp and/or stem cells in the area can repair the tissue/ligaments by the hopes that the stem cells regenerate the same normal tissue type. Regenexx. Com ...Read more
Have torn labrum in shoulder and have horrible pain behind shoulder blade. Are they related or separate issues?
Probably: Separate issues but if occurred in same injury could possibly be related. Pain from labrum usually radiates to the arm not the back. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on which part of the labrum is affected and your activity level. Most labral tears are degenerative and causes intermittent pain. If you do a lot of overhead activity, such as a throwing athlete, then you can have more pain and may require surgery. Either way, you should have your orthopedist or sport medicine specialist help you determine your best treatment option. ...Read more
18 m ago surgery to repair torn shoulder labrum. Currently awaiting MRI test results to c if I torn something again. What's likelihood surgery failed?
Labrum Repair: The chance of failure of labrum repair is low. ...Read more
What is the cost of a shoulder arthrogram with contrast mri? Specifically for a possible torn labrum.
$=about 3500: Depends on the provider ; state u live in. ...Read more
Had shoulder surgery, 6 anchors in labrum, surgery went well. Doc said 'Never Again' to return to weight training. Why not if I heal well in 1 yr???
Ask your doctor...: You should ask your doctor. Having said that, weight lifting put your shoulder at risk of developing premature wear and arthritis. Shoulder is not a weight bearing joint and is not anatomically designed for that purpose. Putting large loads across your shoulder puts you at risk of further cartilage problems with your shoulder. ...Read more
My job requires a lot of arm movement. I've developed pain in my front part of my shoulder. I know rest is best but I have to work. How can I heal?
Tendonitis: Most commonly this type of pain arises from overuse and developement of biceps tendonitis. Recomend anti-inflamatories and therapy as a first line of treatment. Seek care with an orthopedic surgeon or your primary care doctor. ...Read more
My workers comp dr had me get an MRI which showed I had a torn labrum in my right shoulder he says no surgery but I'm in a lot of pain what can I do?
What are symptoms: I would first want to know your symptoms and what part of the labrum was torn. If you had a dislocation and your anterior (front) labrum is torn this may require repair as won't heal. A superior labral tear is essentially your bicep complex. This can be treated conservatively but if pain continues at your age I would generally treat with a bicep tenodesis. ...Read more
I have a SLAP tear in my labrum (shoulder) from football in HS, want to try and play college baseball, any exercises that can help heal/strengthen it?
No, slap tears will: Only get worse. An acute repaired is the best, but late reconstruction of the b9icepts and labral area can be done. ...Read more
If you where my doctor, would you give me permission to go to a fitness center with 3 herniated disc in my cervical? As I said I have 3 herniated disc in cervical. I have a possible torn labrum in right shoulder. I was injured in sept of 2011.I had physical
I: I am glad that you are trying to improve your general health condition. Gentle exercises can typically be performed by patients with other debilitating conditions. This should help your conditioning and help you overall. It is impossible to say if it could be held against you in your workers comp case. ...Read more
Mri says possible torn labrum but doctor gave me shot in shoulder cortizone (hydrocortisone) why? Cant understand this and told me w weeks call in with status why?
Depends: The MRI is not the answer. 90% of the diagnosis and treament course come from the history and physical examination. The MRI is just one piece of the puzzle. Depending on what your exam was, the "possible" labral tear may not even be relevant. I would still continue the treatment for now. Ask him at the next visit what the plans are. You can also get a second opinion. ...Read more
Have you heard of prolotherapy? If so, how efective is it on shoulder connective tissues and labrum?
Not proven: Prolotherapy involves injection of dextrose (sugar) solution into ligaments to induce repair and strengthening. The labrum is made of a different kind of connective tissue, and if damaged, i.e. Thorn, it will not likely respond to prolotherapy. If detached from the glenoid (socket) of the shoulder it needs to be re attached. This will not happen with prolotherapy but requires surgery. ...Read more
About 20 months ago I had shoulder labrum surgery with anchors, why I am still having so much pain?
Shoulder pain: First off did you follow all the recommendations of your surgeon right after surgery such as keeping it a sling the appropriate amount of time, using it as he stated, etc. Did you do therapy as often and as long as recommended. If you didn't the surgery may have failed. It is possible for something else to be wrong with your shoulder. Return to ortho for evaluation ...Read more
What can I do to ease the burning and deep pains in my shoulder. I move it, it hurts I rest it for a while it hurts worse.
Apply heat: Try applying heat and then doing gentle stretching exercises and/or gentle message. You can take acetaminophen (Tylenol) 1000 mg or Ibuprofen (Advil) 600 mg for the pain. You may take these two pain relievers at the same time for better relief. If you do not know what is causing the pain, you should probably have this evaluated. ...Read more
Only mornings hurts bad to lift myself up off bed. From however I slept either back or shoulder. Severe pain. Then I'm fine rest of day?
Muscle: If this gets better throughuot day. Stick with Nsaid. Should resolve in 2 or 3 days. ...Read more
Why does my shoulder pops, hurts and gets stuck? It wakes me up out my sleep and it hurts the rest of the day. I'm not sure what's the problem
Meaning of detachment of the superior and posterial portions of the labrum with anterior displacement of buckethandle type fragment is of my shoulder?
Messed up shoulder.: It means you have multiple injuries to your shoulder joint. The labrum is a cup like structure into which the humeral head fits. If that labrum is torn, then the shoulder may not work right or may cause pain with different motions. It also means that you may require surgery to resolve your issue ...Read more
How long does it take to fix a bursitis of the shoulder? I have rested it for 4/5months & it isn't any better, I have do the ice & hot they don't help.
Shoulder pain: Bursitis doesn't typically last for 4-5 months, unless it is coming from a structural problem. I recommend consulting with a shoulder specialist, get a correct diagnosis, and get started on the road to recovery! If conservative management fails, an MRI or shoulder ultrasound may give additnal information needed to adequately treat your pain. Good luck! ...Read more
Pain intermittent for 5 months under right shoulder in back, doesn't hurt at rest, I'm a hairdresser for a living, ibuforen helps! Should I be concerned?
Varies: There are many potential causes, many of them are quite benign, but you may want to be seen just to make sure it is not something serious. A pulmonary embolus, although not terribly common, can cause similar complaints and is potentially life threatening. More common causes would be pluerisy, pneumonia, periscapular bursitis, and a thoracic radiculopathy. An exam can usually tell the cause. ...Read more
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