For Shoulder Labrum Tears, Regrowth Rather Than Repair; Five-Year $2.1 Million Granted for Study

Tears to the glenoid labrum—cartilage tissue that lines the shoulder where the arm joins—can be repaired with arthroscopic surgery, which significantly weakens the joint and involves a lengthy recovery. Liping Tang, PhD, a Bioengineering Professor at The University of Texas at Arlington, is developing a new method to repair labrum tears that would enable the body to regenerate tissue to completely reattach the sides of the tear. He recently received a five-year, $2.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases for the research, which would improve the current standard of care that relies on sutures that only hold the joint together at a few points.

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