Friday, January 19, 2018


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Shoulder Pain: Signs and Symptoms

Labral tear

A labral tear is an injury to the cartilage of the shoulder.  The labrum is a ring of fibrous cartilage that surrounds the socket of the shoulder.  It is sometimes called Glenoid labrum.  The labrum helps to deepen the socket and provide stability to the shoulder joint.  It is also where the shoulder capsule attaches.  The labrum helps to provide shock absorption to the shoulder and cushion the joint. 

Labrum tears are usually caused from one of the following:

  • Direct contact blow to the shoulder
  • A sudden jerk or pull of the arm
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Falling on an outstretched arm
  • Lifting a heavy object with poor technique

Signs and symptoms

  • Pain, especially with overhead arm motions
  • Catching our grinding in the shoulder
  • Sense of shoulder instability
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Loss of strength