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Labral Tear

What is Labral Tear?

The Labrum is a piece of cartilage that forms a cup for the end of the arm bone and helps stabilize the shallow socket of the shoulder joint. This tissue is susceptible to tearing which can be caused by injuries sustained in sports or as a result of weakness from ageing.
 
Symptoms
  • Aching sensation is shoulder joint
  • Shoulder catching in its natural movement
  • Pain from movement
  • An increase risk of shoulder dislocations
Cause
  • SLAP tears common in athletics that use overhead throwing
  • Bankart lesion which occurs when a shoulder dislocates
  • Posterior labral tears where the rotator cuff and labrum become pinched
Treatment
  • Most injuries can be treated with rest the area and allowing it to heal however surgery may be required in severe cases
Prevention
  • Care and attention to correct posture and movement in sports
  • Sufficient support for shoulder region
  • Strength conditioning of shoulder area
 
 
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