It is a few weeks until we follow back with the doctor and I am reading the radiology report we just received from son's MRI. Does anybody have more information what this means? E.g. what grade of tear would this be? How serious? Doc also diagnosed son with GIRD during recent visit and recommends stretching and lots of physical therapy.
Labrum: There is focal irregular tearing of the posterior superior labrum (best seen in images xx, xx, and xx). The remainder of the labrum is intact.
Everything else checked out ok - rotator cuff, biceps, articular cartilage of the glenoid and humeral head are intact.
To start research quickly on your son's MRI report Google: any subject plus the word "pictures" OR you can search using Google Images - it always finds pictures.
Pictures for other subjects will appear so double check each pictures to make sure it is on your subject.
For example, Google: MRI focal irregular tearing of the posterior superior labrum pictures
You can click on any picture found to look at the website with that picture.
Google: slap tear
Search also for videos on shoulder anatomy. Interpreting MRI's for 'focal tears labrum'.
Don't draw conclusions but use your research to prepare for your Dr's visit.
I believe that GIRD is often (usually?)associated with overhead athletes such as baseball pitchers and tennis players. The end points of the range of shoulder joint motion shifts on the side throwing or serving. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3811728/ The above National Center of Biotechnical Information (ncbi) PMC collection of online publications is a good place to look for selected online quality publications on sports and sport's injuries. Search the PMC collection for other subjects. Use the link above and change the search.