Shoulder Labral Tear

(Glenoid Labrum Tear; Labral Tear, Shoulder)

Definition

A shoulder labral tear is tear of the labrum. The labrum is the tissue that helps hold the end of the arm bone, known as the humerus, in place.
Shoulder Joint
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The tool and arrow point to the labrum (cartilage) of the glenoid.
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Causes

Shoulder labral tears occur from an injury or through long-term wear and tear. Common causes include the following:

Risk Factors

Factors that may increase your chance of a labral tear include:
  • Participation in certain sports, such as:
    • Baseball (pitchers)
    • Golf
    • Weightlifting
    • Tennis
  • Falling onto your shoulder
  • Repetitive movements of the shoulder
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Breaking a fall with your arms
  • Direct blow to the shoulder

Symptoms

Symptoms may include:
  • Shoulder and/or arm pain
  • Catching or loosening feeling of the shoulder
  • Loss of shoulder range of motion
  • Weakness of shoulder and/or arm
  • Pain with shoulder movement
  • Popping or grinding sensation
  • Achiness of the shoulder

Diagnosis

You will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. Imaging tests to evaluate the shoulder and surrounding structures may include:

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