Shoulder Labrum Tear

What is it and what are my treatment options?

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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:

  • Instability
  • Grinding
  • Pain
  • Popping

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.


Some tears can be treated with nonsurgical treatment options. Any of the following may be included in your customized nonsurgical treatment plan:

  • Anti-inflammatory and pain medications
  • Immobilization in a sling
  • Physical therapy
  • Rest and ice

Surgery may be recommended to treat tears that cause severe instability and frequent dislocations. During a minimally invasive shoulder arthroscopy, your Active Orthopedics & Sports Medicine specialist uses suture anchors to repair the tear and attach the labrum to the glenoid cavity.

We have helped thousands of patients with shoulder labrum tears return to an active and healthy life using the latest advancements in non-surgical and surgical procedures.

How do I make an appointment with Active Orthopedics & Sports Medicine?

Please contact Active Orthopedic & Sports Medicine if you experience shoulder labrum tear symptoms. Appointments with our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Specialists may be made at any of our conveniently located offices in Hackensack, Montclair, and Emerson.

We participate in most insurance plans

Find our if we are In-Network with your insurance plan. If you do not see your plan or provider, call our office and we will answer your questions.

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