Labral Tears

The socket of the shoulder joint is extremely shallow and requires extra support to hold the proper bones in place. To provide this support the labrum, a cuff of cartilage, lines the shoulder joint to make it deeper. The labrum is a thick tissue that is susceptible to traumatic injury and degradation by aging as it becomes brittle and can fray and tear.

Symptoms

  • Aching in the shoulder joint
  • Catching of the shoulder with movement
  • Pain when moving the shoulder or with overhead movements

Treatment

  • Pain medication or ice packs to relieve symptoms
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery