Shoulder Labral Tear

Lining the shoulder socket and extending beyond it is the labrum, a soft-fiber tissue rim providing support to the shoulder joint. The labrum can be injured from repetitive motion or from trauma such as a fall or direct hit on the shoulder. This can occur in conjunction with other shoulder injuries, such as shoulder dislocation. Labral tears are common in sports with overhead motions such as baseball or softball, and also contact sports such as football and hockey.

Signs and symptoms of an Shoulder Labral Tear may include:
  • Pain or ache in shoulder area, increased with overhead movement
  • Decreased range of movement
  • Shoulder feels like it catches, locks, pops or grinds
  • Pain may affect sleep
  • Shoulder feels unstable
  • Loss of strength

Resting the shoulder can be effective to ease pain immediately following the injury.


Anti-Inflammatory medications may reduce pain and inflammation associated with this injury.

Physical Therapy

Certified Physical Therapists work closely with doctors to create an individualized program to maximize healing and restore function, strength and mobility.


When conservative treatment fails, surgery may be considered. Arthroscopicsurgery is used for a shoulder joint tear and it includes the surgeon examining the injured area with a camera that is inserted in the joint. Depending on the severity, the surgeon may simply remove some of the torn area or need to repair and reconnect the tendon.

Repair of Detached Labrum

Trimming of Torn Labrum

Diagnostic Shoulder Arthroscopy