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Labral Tear


 

Labral Tear

The shoulder is a ball and socket joint, and the labrum is a rim of fibrous cartilage around the socket helping to make the flat, bony socket the ball sits in deeper like a bowl. The labrum can be damaged from injuries like a fall onto the shoulder or certain sports like baseball and throwing movements can stress and damage the labrum. Not everyone with labral tearing needs surgery, and many individuals with a labral tear will do well with non-surgical treatments.

  • Labral tear

o The shoulder has tremendous mobility and is commonly referred to as a ball and socket joint, because of its shape. The labrum is a ring of fibrous cartilage around the rim of the socket helping to make the flat, bony socket the ball sits in deeper like a bowl. The labrum can be damaged from injuries like a fall onto the shoulder or certain sports like baseball and throwing movements can stress and damage specific areas of the labrum. 

o Individuals with a labral tear sometimes describe vague pain along the anterior (front) part of the shoulder. They may also describe clicking when the arm is placed in a throwing position.

o In overhead athletes like baseball pitchers, a labral tear can cause a drop in velocity and accuracy

o If you suspect your shoulder pain is due to a labral tear, make an appointment with a sports injury doctor for a comprehensive evaluation of your shoulder.

o At Sports Health Northwest, we know labral tears can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Additionally, not everyone with labral tearing needs surgery, as many individuals with a labral tear will do well with non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy.

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12672 NW Barnes RD, STE 100
Portland, OR 97229
Phone: 503-747-6376
Fax: 503-530-8406
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