Bankart repair is a surgical procedure aimed at fixing a Bankart lesion, which is damage to the anterior (front) part of the labrum in the shoulder. The labrum is a ring of cartilage that surrounds the socket of the shoulder joint. This injury is often associated with shoulder dislocation.
Bankart lesions often occur due to:
- Shoulder Dislocation: A dislocation can tear the labrum, leading to a Bankart lesion.
- Repeated Shoulder Strain: Athletes who perform repetitive
overhead movements, like swimmers or baseball pitchers, may be at risk.
- Trauma: An injury from a fall or accident can result in a Bankart lesion.
- Age: Older adults may be more prone due to degenerative changes in the
Preventive measures include:
- Proper Technique: Athletes should ensure they are using the correct technique to avoid undue stress on the shoulder.
- Strengthening Exercises: Building up the muscles around the shoulder can provide better support and stability.
- Protective Gear: Wearing appropriate protective equipment during high-risk activities can help prevent injury.
Myths, Misconceptions, and Facts
Myth: Bankart repair is only for athletes.
Fact: While common among athletes, any person who has a Bankart lesion can benefit from this procedure.
Myth: After a Bankart repair, the shoulder will never be the same.
Fact: Many people return to their pre-injury levels of activity after rehabilitation.
Myth: Physical therapy isn’t necessary after surgery.
Fact: Physical therapy is crucial for regaining strength and flexibility in the shoulder after a Bankart repair.