Labral Tear

Labral Tear

The labrum is soft tissue that surrounds the shoulder socket to provide stability and it deepens the socket so the arm fits in nicely.  A tear can result from falling on an outstretched arm, a direct contact hit to the shoulder, overreaching or a sudden pull in the shoulder.  Symptoms include pain, usually when reaching overhead, sensation of instability in the shoulder, decreased range of motion and loss of strength.

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If surgery is needed, physical therapy will work on motion and flexibility exercises and then engage in strengthening exercises.