What is a Shoulder Labrum Tear?
Your shoulder, a ball and socket joint that moves your arm, is the most mobile joint in your body. Your shoulder labrum is a piece of soft cartilage that surrounds the socket part of your joint, the glenoid cavity.
When healthy, your labrum functions like a gasket or seal that helps the head of your humerus, the ball part of your joint, fit perfectly in your glenoid cavity.
When your labrum is partially or completely torn, your shoulder is unstable and can partially or completely dislocate. You should make an appointment with an Active Orthopedics & Sports Medicine specialist as soon as possible if you suspect you have a shoulder labrum tear as this injury will not heal on its own.
What are shoulder labrum tear symptoms?
Knowing shoulder labrum tear causes and symptoms are important. Common causes you should be aware of are:
- A fall on an outstretched arm
- A blow to the shoulder while reaching overhead
- A forceful tug on the shoulder
Overhead lifting or throwing movements
Common symptoms you should look out for are:
Your shoulder may partially or completely dislocate if you tear your labrum. If you completely dislocate your shoulder or have any of the symptoms above, please make an appointment with the Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Specialists Active Orthopedics & Sports Medicine immediately.