Labrum Tear

New England Stem Cell Institute

Stem Cell Clinic & Regenerative Medicine located in Glastonbury, CT

To prevent pain and improve stability, your joints are separated by cartilage. The labrum is a ring of cartilage that makes up part of the ball-and-socket joints of your hip and shoulder. Your labrum, much like other joints and cartilage, is vulnerable to injury and tearing. At New England Stem Cell Institute, Paul Tortland, DO, and Jeffrey LaVallee, MD, specialize in the diagnosis and management of labrum tears and provides innovative treatments, including regenerative medicine, to promote healing of the damaged tissue. For an evaluation, call the office in Glastonbury, Connecticut, or book online today.

Labrum Tear Q & A

What is a labrum tear?

The labrum is a ring of cartilage that surrounds the rim of your hip and shoulder joint sockets and helps keep the ball of the joint in place.

Athletes are most at risk of labral tears due to the stress and high impact they often place on their joints. You can also be at risk of a labrum tear if you take part in activities that require repetitive motion. A structural abnormality can also increase your risk of developing a tear. 

What are the symptoms of a labrum tear? 

The symptoms you experience with a labrum tear vary, and some people might not experience any symptoms at all. Common symptoms that can indicate a labrum tear include:

  •   Joint pain and instability
  •   Decreased and/or painful range of motion
  •   Locking or clicking in the joint
  •   Sharp or pinching pain, esp. in the groin (in the case of hip labral tears) or “deep inside” the joint (in the case of shoulders)
  •   Decreased strength 

How is a labrum tear diagnosed? 

A labral tear can only be diagnosed with an MRI.  But our team at the New England Stem Cell Institute does a thorough exam.  Based on the exam and your symptoms, a labral tear may be suspected.

If our team suspects a labrum tear, we may perform a diagnostic injection by putting a small amount of anesthetic in the joint under ultrasound guidance. If you experience significant relief after the injection, then a labrum tear could be the cause of your symptoms. An MRI would then be used to confirm the tear.


How are labral tears treated? 

Treatment of your labrum tear depends on the nature and severity of the tear. If your tear is small, you might be able to get by with just physical therapy.

If physical therapy doesn’t help, our team at the New England Stem Cell Institute could then recommend regenerative medicine treatments such as fat-derived stem cells. These regenerative treatments accelerate your body’s natural repair process to promote healing of the damaged tissue.

If your tear is large or complex, surgery may be necessary to treat it. 

For an evaluation of your hip or shoulder discomfort for a possible labrum tear, call the New England Stem Cell Institute or request an appointment online.