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Can a torn labrum (left shoulder) heal itself?
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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Dr. Jack Choueka
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Generally labral tears do not heal on their own.
However if there is no pain and no feelings of instability then no treatment is needed. If therapy does not work then surgery is sometimes needed to repair the labrum.

In brief: No
Generally labral tears do not heal on their own.
However if there is no pain and no feelings of instability then no treatment is needed. If therapy does not work then surgery is sometimes needed to repair the labrum.
Dr. Jack Choueka
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Dr. Austin Yeargan III
Labral tears always heal on their own. The position that they heal in is what can cause issues. Symptoms guide treatment.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
In brief: Its Possible However
If it does not heal, you might want to consider platelet or stem cell therapy.
So far the only practice that has significant research and patient base regarding stem cell therapy is Regenexx Physicians Network. They have over 6500 patient registry with pretty good results. Check out Regenexx.Com.

In brief: Its Possible However
If it does not heal, you might want to consider platelet or stem cell therapy.
So far the only practice that has significant research and patient base regarding stem cell therapy is Regenexx Physicians Network. They have over 6500 patient registry with pretty good results. Check out Regenexx.Com.
Dr. Qamar Khan
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