Glenoid Labrum / Cartilage Tears
What Is A Labrum Tear / Cartilage Tear?
The glenoid labrum is the rim of cartilage that surrounds the glenoid fossa (the "socket" of the ball and socket shoulder joint). This rim of cartilage is fibrous in nature, and while this makes it pretty tough, it can still tear if enough force or repeated irritation can be placed on it.
Labrum tears are most common in major trauma type injuries, such as in falls onto the shoulder or in throwing injuries, or any high-speed shoulder activity. When cartilage tears in the shoulder it DOES NOT always cause pain.
Whether or not a labrum tear causes pain depends on several factors. For one, the nature and extent of the tear will determine pain. Smaller tears that are not irritated by normal use of the shoulder are not always a problem. Also, if the shoulder joint is staying in fairly good alignment as we use the shoulder, there is less chance of the labrum tear causing pain. Conversely, if there is a lot of shoulder misalignment taking place when the shoulder is exercised, there is a much greater chance of irritation to the torn labrum and subsequent pain.
What's Going Wrong In A Labrum Tear / Cartilage Tear?
How Can ART Help Labrum Tears / Cartilage Tears?Many labrum tears will actually heal adequately without surgery. The most important factors in allowing a labrum tear to heal include REST, avoiding the aggravating activities, and keeping the rotator cuff healthy and strong. Clearing out adhesions in the rotator cuff will allow for the shoulder to stay centered in the socket when the shoulder is being exercised. Strengthening the rotator cuff with specific exercises will also help. Finally, nutritional supplements such as Glucosamine Sulfate, MSM and Chondroitin Sulfate will help facilitate the mending of the damaged cartilage.
If a severe labrum tears does not respond well to the conservative treatment first, surgery may be sought.
Success Stories Of Those With Labrum Tears / Cartilage Tears
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