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Shoulder Labral Tear Overview

The shoulder labral is a strip of cartilage that runs around the socket of your shoulder joint. It helps to provide stability, cushioning, and protection for your joint from wear and tear. A labral tear is an injury to the soft tissue of the shoulder joint capsule, usually causing pain and decreasing the shoulder’s range of motion. 

Shoulder labral tears are a relatively common problem. They can be caused by various activities that involve repetitive motions, such as playing sports (throwing a ball or swinging a tennis racket) or even doing everyday tasks (carrying a heavy bag or reaching up to grab something).

Symptoms Of A Shoulder Labral Tear

The most common symptom of a labral tear is pain in the shoulder joint. This can be accompanied by clicking, catching, or locking of the shoulder with movement. Some patients may also experience decreased range of motion in the affected area.

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Conventional Treatment Options

If you’ve been diagnosed with a labral tear, there are several treatment solutions available. However, it’s important to note that there are a lot of issues with the more conventional treatment options that traditional doctors tend to recommend. For instance, some of the medications prescribed for pain and inflammation help mask the symptoms and don’t necessarily treat the underlying issue. Additionally, some medicines may cause side effects. 

Finally, for severe labral tears, surgery is often recommended. Surgery should always be a last resort due to the potential complications that can arise, from infection to nerve damage. In addition, surgery is expensive, can require long recovery times, and may not even be successful. 

The following are some of the more conventional treatment options available for shoulder labral tears:

Corticosteroid Injections

Corticosteroid medications are synthetic versions of cortisol, a hormone that our bodies produce naturally. Injecting corticosteroids into the shoulder joint can provide temporary relief by reducing inflammation and pain.


NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are commonly prescribed for shoulder labral tears. They are intended to reduce swelling and pain, although their efficacy can vary from patient to patient.

SLAP Tear Surgery

SLAP tear surgery is a type of shoulder labral repair usually recommended for severe cases. The procedure involves repairing the torn tissue, which can help alleviate pain and restore lost range of motion. There are several types of SLAP tear surgery, including:

  • Debridement: Debridement involves removing damaged tissue from the shoulder joint to smooth the cartilage and enable the joint to move properly. However, this procedure is only appropriate if the tear does not affect the biceps tendon.
  • Biceps tenodesis: Biceps tenodesis is a type of surgical procedure that involves re-attaching the torn biceps tendon to the shoulder joint. This helps restore stability and reduce painful symptoms caused by labral tears by reducing the force placed on the superior labrum (upper part of the cartilage) when you move your arm.
  • Labral repair: Labral repair is performed if the labrum is completely torn from the shoulder socket. During this procedure, the torn labrum is re-attached to the bone using plastic anchors. If the biceps tendon is torn, the procedure involves re-attaching it to the shoulder joint.

Bankart Repair Surgery

Bankart repair surgery is a type of shoulder labral repair performed if you’ve experienced a dislocation along with a labral tear. The procedure involves re-attaching the torn labrum to the bone using sutures or anchors. If any additional ligaments are torn, they will be sutured to the glenoid bone, which is the shoulder socket. This procedure helps restore the shoulder’s stability and reduce pain caused by labral tears.

What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma, Or PRP? 

Traditional PRP treatment involves taking a blood sample and then spinning it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from other components of the blood. 

Platelets are fragments of cells found in the blood that contain growth factors. These growth factors have regenerative properties, help promote tissue healing, and reduce inflammation. Injecting the PRP solution into an injured or damaged area can help repair and regenerate tissue by stimulating cell growth.


PRP For Shoulder Labral Tears

Although shoulder labral tears can heal on their own, it can take a long time, and you may still experience pain and limited mobility. PRP treatments can help expedite the healing process because the growth factors found in PRP stimulate cell regeneration and collagen production. Additionally, since PRP is drug-free, there are no risks of side effects associated with the treatment. 

Overall, PRP treatments can effectively and safely improve range of motion, reduce pain, and speed up healing in patients with shoulder labral tears. If you’ve been diagnosed with a labral tear and are looking for a more natural approach, you should consider PRP treatment.


Why Are Orthagenex PRP Injections Superior?

PRP treatment is gaining popularity due to its greater safety and effectiveness compared to many conventional treatments. However, not all PRP injections are the same. Much depends on the provider. At Orthagenex, we provide superior PRP injections as a result of the following:

Image-Guidance To Place PRP Solutions

Unlike some providers of PRP treatments, we do not provide blind PRP injections. Instead, we use imaging technology, such as MSK (musculoskeletal) ultrasound and fluoroscopy, to ensure that the platelet concentrations are placed precisely where needed. This image guidance helps us provide accurate injections and better outcomes for our patients.

Lab-Processed For Higher Concentrations Of Platelets

Traditional PRP treatments are processed by taking a blood sample and placing it in a bedside centrifuge. While this is enough to separate the platelets from other components of the blood, it does not create PRP solutions that are as effective at promoting tissue healing. 

At Orthagenex, we use a laboratory to process our PRP solutions. Instead of processing our PRP solutions in a bedside centrifuge, we process them in a lab, where we have more control over the concentration of platelets. This allows us to create PRP solutions that are more concentrated and have higher levels of growth factors, which makes them more effective at promoting tissue healing. In fact, our PRP solutions contain nearly 20 to 40 times as many platelets as those processed in bedside centrifuges. 

Additionally, by using a laboratory setting, we can customize our PRP treatments in the following ways:

Amber PRP vs. Red PRP

Red PRP solutions are processed in bedside centrifuges and contain high levels of red and white blood cells, as well as platelets. According to research, red and white blood cells are detrimental to PRP treatment as they can inhibit the stem cells that the PRP solution is supposed to stimulate to help heal the injured area. 

At Orthagenex, we use amber PRP solutions, which are processed in a laboratory and contain far fewer red and white blood cells than red PRP solutions.

Next-Generation Platelet Lysate (PL)

In addition to offering amber PRP treatment, we also provide next-generation platelet lysate (PL) treatment. The way regular PRP injections work is that the growth factors within the solution are slowly released over the course of a week, similar to a time-release medication. 

PL injections work differently because the growth factors are released almost immediately after injection, allowing for faster tissue healing and regeneration. This doesn’t necessarily make PL injections superior to PRP injections, it’s simply another option for customizing treatment to each patient’s specific needs. In some cases, PRP treatment will be more effective than PL treatment, but the opposite may be true in other cases. 

We offer amber PRP and PL solutions so our patients can receive the most effective treatment for their needs.

PRP Customized To Every Patient’s Need

At Orthagenex, we don’t provide PRP treatment as a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, we customize every treatment plan to the specific needs of each patient. By customizing our PRP treatments, we can ensure our patients receive the highest level of care and the best possible outcomes. We can do this in the following ways:

Solutions Are Customized 

Not only can the technicians at Orthagenex create amber PRP treatments using their lab platform to remove as many red and white blood cells as possible, but they can also concentrate the blood’s desirable components and remove the undesirable components based on the patient’s needs.

Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) Can Be Used 

Bone marrow concentrate (BMC) is a type of PRP-like solution that can help repair injured or damaged tissue. BMC works by taking bone marrow from the patient and processing it in the lab to create a concentrated solution of stem cells, growth factors, and other healing components. 

At Orthagenex, we offer BMC treatments as an alternative to PRP treatments for those who may benefit from them.

Doctors Specializing In Interventional Orthopedics

At Orthagenex, we employ a team of board-certified and fellowship-trained doctors who specialize in interventional orthopedics. Interventional orthopedics is an advanced field of medicine focusing on non-surgical management of musculoskeletal injuries through minimally invasive procedures. This is important because the best approach may not always be surgery when it comes to treating injuries like shoulder labral tears. 

It’s also worth mentioning that only 1% of US physicians are trained in interventional orthopedics, which means that Orthagenex is part of an elite group that can provide patients with the highest level of care.

Core competencies

Our orthopedic doctors are specially trained in image guidance to place injectates and perform SANS (stability, articulation, neuromuscular, and symmetry) evaluations to assess the cause of shoulder pain and decide on the best course of action for treatment. 

We also hold ourselves to the highest standards of medical ethics and safety protocols, which is why our treatments are performed in a sterile environment with the utmost attention to detail. 

At Orthagenex, we don’t take shortcuts when providing effective treatment for shoulder labral tears. We ensure that every patient receives the care they need and that every treatment plan is customized to their specific needs.


Orthagenex – Your Alternative To Shoulder Labral Tear Surgery

If you’re suffering from a shoulder labral tear and are looking for an alternative to surgery, then we invite you to consider PRP treatment. 

At Orthagenex, we have the knowledge and experience to provide you with the best possible care. Our team of board-certified orthopedic doctors uses state-of-the-art technology to create customized PRP treatments that can help promote tissue healing and relief from your shoulder labral tear pain.

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