SHOULDER LABRAL TEARS

What is a Labrum?

In the shoulder, there lies specialized cartilage tissue called the Labrum. The Labrum helps to reinforce the shoulder joint. The socket of the shoulder, known as the glenoid, meets the humerus bone of the arm, with the Labrum cushioning the area in-between. When the Labrum tears, it can cause patients to suffer from shoulder pain or instability. 

The labrum lies at the center of the shoulder and acts as the anchor point for not only the ball-and-socket joint, but the ligaments, rotator cuff tendons and muscles as well, greatly contributing to shoulder stability and preventing shoulder dislocation.

Patients with a torn shoulder labrum report symptoms that include: 

  • Shoulder pain 
  • Shoulder instability 
  • A feeling of grinding, locking or catching while moving the shoulder. 

Depending on the size and shape of the tear, symptoms can vary.