Shoulder Injuries – Rotator and Labral Tears

Shoulder injuries are some of the most common reasons patients seek out help from orthopedic specialists. Many shoulder injuries seem to appear without an apparent cause and many patients cannot recall a specific event or injury that may have caused the shoulder pain. At AOSMI, our team includes experts in shoulder evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment. This wide range of available options means that any shoulder issue, from discomfort and minor inconvenience to a mobility-compromising condition, will receive the best available treatment at AOSMI from the most talented staff in the field. If surgery is needed, our surgeons are trained in the most advanced minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques, which gets you back faster and better, with less pain.

As with any injury, it is important to determine exactly what structures are involved and how severe is the injury. Orthopedic surgeons at AOSMI treat the following conditions most often:



Rotator Cuff Tendonitis, Bursitis and Tears – The rotator cuff is the most important structure involved in lifting and using the arm for overhead activity, opening doors, or repetitive activities such as sweeping or raking. Painful and debilitating, rotator cuff inflammation and injuries, can be treated with a variety of non-invasive techniques and when necessary, minimally invasive arthroscopic reconstruction.

Labral Tears – The labrum is a stabilizing structure to which the biceps attaches. When injured, a labral tear will cause pain and difficulty. Activities such as throwing, reaching with your arm, or even sleeping, can be painful whether caused by shoulder dislocation or another injury. Labral tears involving the biceps tendon are called SLAP tears and can often cause pain running down the arm.

Non-operative Treatments for Shoulder Injury

The shoulder injury specialists at AOSMI offer many conservative treatments including rehabilitative care and ancillary treatments. With our onsite physical therapy center, your shoulder injury specialist works closely with our therapists to provide you with a coordinated program of medical and rehabilitation care aimed at getting you back in action.

Non-operative treatment options include:

  • Manual treatments, such as physical therapy, massage and acupuncture
  • Bracing
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
  • Steroids, orthobiologics, and other injections

Shoulder Surgery Options

AOSMI’s Board-Certified, Sports Medicine Fellowship Trained Surgeons are specialized in the most advanced arthroscopic minimally invasive surgical techniques to offer you the best corrective surgery for your injury. When surgery is determined necessary, the typical procedures include:

Rotator Cuff Tear Repair – Shoulder arthroscopy surgery allows our shoulder surgery specialist to reattach the torn edges of the rotator cuff to the bone with the use of sutures and suture anchors. Rotator cuff surgery has a high success rate when it comes to rotator cuff treatment options, allowing athletes and non-athletes to return to their sports and daily activities faster and stronger.

Labral Tear Repair – Shoulder arthroscopy attaches the labrum back to the bone through a small incision, which should shorten recovery time and reduce pain. At the same time as the labrum is reattached, your surgeon will fix any concurrent biceps injury. After a successful labral repair, you can return to full activity.

If you’ve recently had a shoulder injury or have unexplained discomfort, contact the shoulder orthopedic doctors at AOSMI. There is no reason to go on living with pain when the right treatment is just waiting for you. Call and schedule your appointment today – 732-720-2555!