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Bankart Lesion


Common in younger people, bankart lesion refers to a tear in the cartilage (labrum) surrounding the shoulder socket. A tear like this often results in a feeling of instability in the shoulder or recurrent shoulder dislocations. Read on to learn more about surgical and non-surgical options.

Causes & Triggers

  • Accident
  • Acute trauma
  • Direct blow or hard strike
  • Fall
  • Repetitive motion
  • Sports injury

Signs & Symptoms

  • Catching
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Grinding
  • Instability
  • Locking
  • Pain (especially with overhead motion)
  • Popping
  • Weakness

Tips & Treatment

  • Non-surgical treatment options may include rest, anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy.
  • Surgical repair of the tear may be required so seek the opinion of a well-qualified orthopedic specialist.

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