The labrum of the shoulder is a rubbery cartilage “o-ring” that goes all the way around the socket, or the glenoid. The labrum can be torn in various ways, including repetitive throwing as well as in shoulder dislocations. Sometimes the biceps tendon is also torn along with the labrum. You may hear the labrum tear called a “SLAP Tear” or a “Bankart Tear,” which involve different areas of the labrum. A tear of the labrum usually requires surgery to repair it. Surgery is usually done arthroscopically, and Dr. Bushnell has advanced training in arthroscopic shoulder surgery, as well as extensive experience in research and presentation on this topic at the highest levels.
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Shoulder Injuries in the Throwing Athlete