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    Is shoulder surgery usually required to fix a labral tear?

    After months of pain not solved by cortisone injection for Bursitis, MRI has shown a posterior and anterior labral tear in my shoulder capsule. I see a specialist in a couple of weeks. Should I expect to be told I need surgery?
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    Kevin Shapiro

    Physiotherapist

    17 years experience in Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom in private practice. I specialize in the treatment of back and neck pain as … View Profile

    Yes, it is called  SLAP lesion (Labral tear). The Bicep tendon ruptures from cartilage (Labrum) in shoulder, ususally in throwing sports.

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    Christopher Dillon

    Physiotherapist

    Nearly all capsulolabral disruptions require surgery to repair as they do not repair easily themselves. If this is determined by your surgeon to be contributing most to your pain state or dysfunction then most likely their opinion would be to operate.

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    Dr Marcus Chia

    Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Dr Marcus Chia is an Orthopaedic Surgeon in Sydney, Australia. As a Fellowship trained Shoulder and Elbow surgeon, he employs the most current arthroscopic and … View Profile

    The labrum is a soft tissue fibrous rim that surrounds the glenoid (socket) to help stabilise the shoulder joint. The long head of biceps tendon attaches to the upper part of the larbum. Surgery may be required if the labral tear causes symptoms of shoulder instability that do not respond to non-operative measures such as rest, anti-inflammatory medications and physiotherapy. A labral tear does not always require surgery.

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