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Labrum Cartilage and Its Damage

The labrum is a cartilage located in the shoulder joint. The very joint contains two types of cartilage, the articular cartilage and the labrum. The labrum cartilage differs from the articular cartilage since it contains more fibrous tissue which makes it more rigid.

The labrum cartilage is normally found around the socket. This is actually the place of its attachment. The labrum cartilage is a very important cartilage. It has two vital functions. The first one is to deepen the socket and this way allows the ball end of the humerus to be in its place. Secondly, this cartilage represents a place where other structures and tissues of the shoulder joint attach.

The labrum can be torn and there are several places where this injury can occur. The tear can occur inside of the labrum (this is usually a small tear). Furthermore, the tear can develop at the place where the cartilage meets the biceps tendon. A complete tear is usually associated with a sub-luxation of the shoulder joint.

Labrum Surgery - Recovery Time

The treatment from labrum tear in majority of cases includes surgical repair. Surgeons most commonly opt for an arthroscopic surgery. This is a very successful surgical procedure.

The recovery time after labrum surgery is the time necessary for the shoulder to completely heal and regain its functions. Recovery time after labrum surgery basically depends on several factors which interfere in the actual speed of recovery. In general this lasts approximately 3 to 5 months.

After being discharged all the patients are due to follow doctor's orders and do not engage in any kind of strenuous activity that will put too much pressure onto the operated joint. The first visit to the doctor after the surgery is usually after a week. The surgeon checks on the incision line. This way he/she make sure that the wound has not been infected. This is also the most convenient time for a patient to engage in physical therapy. The patients are explained and taught how to perform specific motion exercises. These exercises are adapted to range of motions allowed after the surgery. Within first two weeks the arm may be placed in a sling. The person must not go too far with exercises and once the pain occurs it is a sign for a patient to stop. Light exercise should never be painful.

The doctor decides when the patients can start participating in more complex and strenuous physical activity and different sports. It is essential for all the tissues of the shoulder to heal properly and all the shoulder muscles to regain their strength prior engaging in any kind of more complex physical activity.

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