Labral Tear in the Shoulder
What Is It?
The labrum is a suction cup like cartilage that helps to stabilize the “ball and socket” joint of the shoulder. The “socket” part of the shoulder joint is small and lacks stability, so the stability that the labrum provides is vital to the stability in the shoulder joint.
This means that a person may feel catching, clicking or grinding in the joint due to the humeral head coming in contact with the tear. One of the bicep heads attaches to the labrum as well, so often times people can feel bicep pain (however this can also occur with rotator cuff or impingement injuries.
When this is torn, it can cause pain or instability while reaching overhead or during repeated overhead activities. If it is a significant tear, you can feel as it if may “dislocate”.
Depending on the severity of the tear and the activities you would like to perform, physical therapy can be a great option to help restore your motion, reduce pain and improve strength. We have helped many people successfully avoid surgery by improving shoulder stability in all ranges to help reduce repeated irritation on the torn area.
Many people complain are that they:
- Clicking, locking or catching
- Feeling of shoulder instability when reaching overhead
- Difficulty with repeated overhead activities.
- Pain along the bicep (front of the shoulder)