Labral Tear in the Shoulder

The labrum is a soft fibrocartilage that wraps around the shoulder socket to cushion and stabilize the joint. This cartilage can tear from chronic use as well as from sudden injury, such as a fall.

Physical therapy is usually the first line of treatment for labral tears. Surgery may be needed if the injury doesn’t heal on its own.

What are the signs and symptoms of a labral tear in the shoulder?

  • Pain, especially with overhead activities
  • Weakness and instability in shoulder
  • Pain in the shoulder while resting or sleeping
  • An occasional popping sound or a catch in the shoulder

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