What are labral tears?

The labrum is a fibrocartilage tissue attached to the shoulder socket rim that helps keeps the ball of the joint in its proper place. A tear in this fibrocartilage is known as a labral tear. There are many different types of labral tears and several ways in which this type of injury can occur. Oftentimes, the labrum can be torn with repetitive pushing and rotational motions utilizing the shoulder. A tear can also occur with a traumatic fall. Over time the labrum can also wear down and result in a degenerative tear.

What are the symptoms of a labral tear?

  • Pain in the front or back of the shoulder with movement
  • Catching, locking, or grinding feeling in the joint
  • Feeling of instability in the shoulder
  • Loss of strength
  • Low range of motion
Professional helping patient with a shoulder stretch

What treatment options are available?

If the symptoms persist, it is recommended to schedule a consultation with Dr. Yoon. A comprehensive evaluation will be performed and a treatment plan can then be discussed based on the findings.

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