What Is the Typical Recovery Time for a Torn Labrum?


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Following surgery, the glenoid labrum heals in three to four months, depending upon course of recovery, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. A labral tear does not heal itself, but conservative measures may be used to treat the symptoms.

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The glenoid labrum stabilizes the humerus in the shoulder joint. It tears following a fall on outstretched arm, direct blow, sudden pull or violent overhead pull, states the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. This happens in overhead athletes experiencing repetitive forces on the shoulder as well. Symptoms include pain, unstable feeling and decreased strength through the arm. A CT or MRI can be used to diagnose the injury. Following surgery the arm must be kept in a sling for three to four weeks.

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