“Appropriate rehabilitation is critical to achieving a successful outcome. I work closely with the physical therapist to develop a specific rehabilitation program for every patient. For athletes, we also include the athletic trainer(s) and coaches in our ‘team’ approach to treatment.” — Dr. Vic Goradia
Because a history of shoulder injuries can make the joint more susceptible to further damage, your doctor may suspect a labral tear based on your medical history. At your consultation, you will be asked questions about your pain and past injuries to your shoulder that may suggest labral damage. Labral tears are very difficult to see even with an MRI, so the first step to confirming a diagnosis is often to order an arthrogram known as an MRA. In this process, a dye is injected into the shoulder prior to an MRI for improved visibility.
The proper treatment for a labral tear will depend on your particular injury, activity level, age and orthopedic surgery needs. You will not know what the doctor will recommend in your particular case until you sit down for your consultation, but there are certain general guidelines that many patients fall under.