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Bankart Lesion

The labrum can be damaged or torn in many different ways. Acute trauma, such as a trip and fall resulting in shoulder dislocation, or repeated movement like swimming or pitching can damage this tissue. These tears are classified by the area that is affected. When the lower front portion of the labrum is damaged, this is called a bankart lesion. This is the most common form of ligament injury to the shoulder. In a bankart lesion, a gap is left in a section of the labrum that can leave room for the joint's ball to slide out of the socket, which is called dislocation. If the tear is large enough, recurrent dislocations can occur, which requires surgery in order to be resolved. [more...]

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