Shoulder Labral Tear
The shoulder joint is a ball-and-socket joint. The socket of the shoulder blade holds the ball of the upper arm bone. The labrum is a lip of cartilage along the edge of the socket, it helps to keep the ball in place.
Often time a labrum is torn from a direct injury to the shoulder, such as falling on it. This can also take place from wear and tear of repetitive activities. If you think you may have experienced a labral tear, you can contact your sports medicine physician to help you treat it and reduce pain.
How does a shoulder labral tear occur?
- Dislocating your shoulder
- Falling onto your arm
- A forced movement of your arm or shoulder
- Using your arm to break a fall
- Lifting a heavy object
- Use of your shoulder in sports with a repetitive, high velocity overhead movement, such as throwing a ball or serving in tennis
- Arm and shoulder pain, usually a sharp ache
- Arm and shoulder weakness
- Painful overhead movements of the shoulder
- Clicking or grinding sounds or sensations when you move your shoulder
- Applying ice to your shoulder for 20 to 30 minutes three to four times a day.
- Your healthcare provider may recommend that you take an anti-inflammatory or additional pain medication.
- Doing rehabilitation exercises recommended by your healthcare provider.
- Labral tears may be repaired with surgery, your healthcare provider will discuss options with you.