Why labrum surgery won't solve your shoulder pain.

In today’s episode we are focusing again on labrum injuries to the shoulder, more specifically the cartilage in the shoulder.

 

As we talked about yesterday over time the surrounding muscles of the rotator cuff get overworked from too much training and bad postures.

 

This leads to an accumulation of adhesion in the muscle. This is like glue that gets in there and keeps the muscle from being able to stretch and contract.

 

Over time this puts more force on the cartilage and tendons, causing them to get weaker and older before their time.

 

This usually presents with some deep shoulder pain or a painful click/pop.

 

Often these problems get misdiagnosed as a shoulder impingement problem. 

 

In many situations people end up getting scheduled for a labrum repair surgery, which is a tough recovery by itself.

 

Unfortunately people who have labrum surgery don’t do too great for a variety of reasons.

 

First off is the cartilage itself doesn't get good blood flow and oxygen so it tends to heal very slowly and never to a full resolution.

 

Secondly the labrum is the result of bad mechanics in the shoulder, especially dysfunction to the rotator cuff.

 

So if you never have the dysfunction fixed and addressed the the labrum will still continue to be overloaded.

 

It’s always important to get to a biomechanics expert how assess you fully and determine what is the main culprit in your shoulder pain.